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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

JP Aerospace (America's Other Space Program)

High altitude, edge of space balloon lifting and docking with helium balloon StratoStations....these guys at JP Aerospace certainly have some of the right ideas, they're planning on making space travel (25 miles altitude to orbit and beyond) simpler and more affordable. Although they still technically haven't put anything into orbit yet as they are planning on doing from the launch platform on the first stage of their ATO program, they have launched a couple thousand different ping pong ball type "satellite" experiments into the near vacuum of space and they have taken quite a few beautiful photos from the stratosphere during the various Away missions that they've flown so far. What these guys at JP Aerospace are doing is really sweet, I hope they go much further in their ventures someday:

Here's the archived show of an interview on NPR that aired yesterday (5/6/2007 at 2:00 PM PT) in Sacromento, CA @