Broadcast 1864 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

02 Oct 2012 John Powell
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Guest: John Powell. Topics: JP Aerospace updates re PongSats, Airship to orbit, orbital physics for a balloon. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Please visit the JP Aerospace website to follow along with us and for more information: We welcomed back John Powell for updates regarding JP Aerospace. John started off with information about his recently concluded six high altitude balloon flights. He also talked about advertising programs, TV commercials, and his successfully completed Kickstarter program. Other programs mentioned in this segment included the new JP MiniCubes and information about his Airship to Orbit (ATO) program. Listeners asked John about the package of information they received after a flight, plus his plans to 140,000 feet and then from 140,000 feet to orbit. He talked about the Ascender and even registered a listener for an upcoming PongSat flight. In our second segment, John told about his remaining 2012 flights, their flight expectations for 2013, plus I asked him about the costs involved for a typical weather balloon mission to 100,000 feet. John fielded several additional listener questions including several and one phone call from Trent in Australia. John responded to questions about his volunteer workforce and we learned that there were no aerospace engineers working with JP. Listeners asked him about his timeline to orbit which he said was around ten years. As the program was close to ending at the two hour mark, Charles Pooley called in about being skeptical that an airship can muster the energy needed to go to orbit. This was a good and passionate discussion between Charles and John. Charles kept saying he put his trust in Mother Nature (the laws of physics) and John said that it was a challenge but was optimistic that they would figure out a way to do it, especially since they would be air launched. Part of the discussion focused on the very early Echo test flights. You can read about the Echo flights which used a rocket at See what you think and let us know on the blog. If you have comments/questions please post them on The Space Show blog. You can email John through me or his website.



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