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2000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space by John Powell

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2000 students will build experiments, art and projects that will be carried above the world by balloon.

Student Experiment at the edge of space.
Student Experiment at the edge of space.

 All the projects fit inside ping pong balls. We call them PongSats. Students from all over the world send us their PongSats we fly them to 100,000 feet on weather balloons. After the landing the PongSats are returned to their creators along with data from the flight a DVD with video of the launch and on board scenes and a certificate showing they flew.

PongSats!
PongSats!

 I’m always completely floored by the project folks put in their PongSats. Projects have ranged from plant seeds to full upper atmospheric labs all in a ping pong ball.

Computer in a PongSat
Computer in a PongSat

My favorite is the marshmallow. You put a marshmallow inside the ping pong ball. At 100,000 feet the marshmallow puffs up completely filling the ball. Then it freeze dries. The student gets to hold in her hand the direct results of traveling the top of the atmosphere. 

PongSats are flown at no cost to the participant. Over a thousand students and other PongSat builders are signed up so far for this September.

PongSat Scientists
PongSat Scientists

We will launch the PongSats from the Black Rock desert in Nevada. The vehicles that carry them are called High Racks. They are made of foam and carbon fiber. We have four separate telemetry links to the High Rack tracking it during the flight. At the end of the flight we release the balloon and the High Rack descends by parachute.

We land anywhere from 20 to 200 miles away from the launch site. After landing the recover teams with 4wd’s head out across the Sierra Nevada mountains to bring the high racks back. 

A High Rack carrying student projects
A High Rack carrying student projects

 Help us inspire, motivate and enable the next 2000 explorers and share in the amazement of what is achieved. 

Your name on at high altitude pics for reward.
Your name on at high altitude pics for reward.

 JP Aerospace is an all volunteer DIY space program. We have flown over 14,000 PongSats so far. With your help we are going to fly two thousand more this September.

PongSats up top.
PongSats up top.

Actual flight fin as a $  1,200 reward.
Actual flight fin as a $ 1,200 reward.

A student opening their PongSat after a flight.
A student opening their PongSat after a flight.

Our Goal
Our Goal

 Our goal to put the millionth PongSat to the moon. Join with us on the journey. Pledge today.

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