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John Powell, Tuesday, 1-27-15 January 28, 2015

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John Powell, Tuesday, 1-27-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2402-BWB-2015-01-27.mp3

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Guest:  John Powell.  Topics:  John provided us with updates on the activities of JP Aerospace.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com . Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed John Powell back to the show for updates on JP Aerospace (www.jpaerospace.com).  During the first segment of our 1 hour 44 minute program, John started out talking about their UAE mission, crossing the desert in the UAE and raising the UAE flag to 102,000′.  You can see the video of this recent JP Aerospace event at http://www.frequency.com/video/uae-flag-in-space-by-al-hilal-bank/212906510?cid=5-8124.  Next, John took us through an overview and set of updates for their Airship to Orbit (ATO) venture.  He began this by talking about a series of tests they have done and will be doing that will eventually enable ATO.  Much of this information is on the JP Aerospace blog at http://jpaerospace.com/blog.  John went into some detail to describe the tests, especially those that will lead up to eliminating most of the drag at altitude for ATO.  Listeners asked several questions via email about the size of the airship, space diving from Dark Sky Station, and then Charles emailed in a note about air density at 140,000 feet, the altitude of the proposed Dark Sky Station.  For the balance of this segment, John explained the different stages of the ATO program, some of the hardware that was needed, and the JP progress to date.  Greg Cecil called in as a customer of JP Aerospace. He told us what it was like being a customer, the positive impact on his students with JP programs such a MiniCube, plus he emphasized how important it was for John to be an out of the box thinker looking for alternatives to establishment problems such as the high cost to orbit.

In the second segment, John continued talking about the ATO program plus ion engine development.  John from Florida called in and went through the basics of how the program was to work.  During this discussion, speed dynamics for their winged shaped vehicle were discussed, plus JP said they were working on getting power from batteries.  This led to a discussion about JP developing MHD technology which you can see documented on their blog.  I asked JP for the biggest challenges and he said engine work, then described the specific challenges in their engine work.  He also said it was a challenge to scale up to large vehicles from small vehicles.  Tim called in to suggest a reentry system.  JP was ahead of the game on this one and described some of the work they were already doing re these systems.  Scott sent in an email asking JP how one volunteers to work for JP Aerospace.  JP elaborated on the process which starts with an email to him.  His address can be found at the bottom of their home page.  Another listener wanted to know about robotics vs. human flight. JP said they were definitely still in the robotic stage.  Then he talked about their two man submarine, 3D printing, plus updates to his book which may be out later this year.  Finally, he said they were putting their logs together and would soon have a 300 page .pdf MHD study available for purchase on their website for $20.00.  He described the contents of this .pdf study, some of which is on the JP blog.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach John Powell through his website or me.

John Powell, Tuesday, 4-15-14 April 16, 2014

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John Powell, Tuesday, 4-15-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2229-BWB-2014-04-15.mp3

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Guest:  John Powell.   Topics:  Updates on JP Aerospace and the Airship To Orbit program.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF.  See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed John Powell back to the show for updates and news with JP Aerospace. For more information, visit http://www.jpaerospace.com. Be sure to click on the Blog button at the top for even more information.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 32 minute discussion, John updated us with an overview of JP Aerospace. He has 160 missions to date & now flies PongSat missions with up to 2,000 PongSats on the flight.  I asked him how the students prepared their experiments using a ping pong ball.  We learned that the balloon typically climbs at 1,000′ per minute for a 110 minute flight to the designated altitude.  The entire trip including the landing is about 2.5 hours.  John also described the PongSat kit and all the benefits the student gets, plus he explained to us that his commercial projects, of which there are many, goes pays for the PongSats which are always free to the students.  This is his 10th year of doing PongSats but just before our break, I was surprised to hear that John has been working JP Aerospace for 37 years, starting when he was a teenager getting NASA contracts!  I next asked him for an update on his Airship To Orbit (ATO) plans.  John spent some time talking about ATO, including responding to listener questions about the likely impossibility of an airship being able to go to orbit.  This is debated in the second segment with John from Ft. Worth.  Back to our initial segment, he talked about making equipment for testing such as the Shock tube which he hoped to get up to Mach 4 in testing.  We talked about manned flight for JP Aerospace, then John told us about the submarine he was designing for use off Monterrey.  He had much to say about the sub, including the fact that its life support systems are the same as those in the ATO.  John spent some time explaining and describing the sub and outlining the mission for it.  John talked about using propellers to 90,000′, he talked about funding issues, and his volunteer labor force.  Before the break, we talked about his use of Kickstarter and his current campaign for September PongSats.

In the second segment, John spoke at length about his commercial projects and in specific the Corral Hamburger ad from Columbia (he said you could find the commercial on YouTube & he provided the search term for those interested).  He told another funny story about a live radio interview in Spain that went across Europe.  Listen for the punchline.  John from Ft. Worth called in and said he was taken back so to speak by the ATO plans which he thought were potentially possible though not possible in the way he understood physics.  The two John’s had a great discussion about this.  John Powell cited many examples of very high altitude balloons already having done some of the things he is working on doing with ATO.  Charles Pooley called next and said he still did not think ATO would work but did not revive his classic debate/argument with John on the subject.  Charles made a point of saying how impressed he was with JP success, programming and meetings its goals and missions.  He also applauded John for his being such a gentleman in their sometimes heated debate exchanges.  When asked about JP Aerospace around the world, John gave a shout out to those he knows in Poland.  For Pearls of Wisdom, John offered us “You Really Can Do This!”

Please post comments/questions on TSS blog.  You can reach John through his website or through me.

John Powell, Tuesday, 10-2-12 October 3, 2012

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John Powell, Tuesday, 10-2-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1864-BWB-2012-10-02.mp3

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, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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:  www.jpaerospace.com. 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 http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4308/ch6.htm. 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.

John Powell, Tuesday, 2-28-12 February 28, 2012

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John Powell, Tuesday, 2-28-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1723-BWB-2012-02-28.mp3

Guest:  John Powell.  Topics:  Updates regarding JP Aerospace and balloon launch developments including the Airship To Orbit Program.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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. We welcomed John Powell back to the show for JP Aerospace updates.  For more information, visit his website, www.jpaerospace.com.  Also visit the Samsung page for his winning ad at http://space-balloon.net/index.html.   John started our discussion by describing the Galaxy II winning ad that JP Aerospace did with Samsung inJapan and theUnited States.  This involved split second timing and complicated technology.  During this segment, we also talked about the balloon world altitude record which JP holds and his PongSat program for students.  We then switched over to his Airship To Orbit Program.  John described the various stages to the program and the Dark Sky Station that will be a type of spaceport at 140,000 feet.  Listen to his entire plan as it is not only interesting, it is ambitious. As the segment ended, I asked how the balloons end their mission.  Does he recover them, do they blow up, what happens to them.

In our second segment,Trent fromAustralia called in and related the high altitude balloons to the suborbital industry and the conference now in progress inPalo   Alto.  He then asked John for his hopes and expectations for 2012 for his organization.  John then went through his goals for the year, his technology testing and development program plus his planned flight program.   We then talked about space weather and then John talked about human flight with his program.  This led us to a discussion of planned ion engine usage and development.  John took several questions related to the power plant and its evolution to end stage JP programs. What then unfolded was a rather technical discussion about balloon technolgy and capabilities.  Don’t miss it.  We also talked about orbital speed for a balloon and John went over some history with us dating back several decades to Mach 10-15 balloon flights to 200,000 feet.  Listeners also asked about the balloon reentry and the potential payload size which John estimated at 60,000 lbs. Reda inquired about finding party balloon pieces in the desert and we talked about the different balloon materials and environmental issues with the various kinds of material used in consumer as well as industrial balloons.  John also went over material choices saying that there were benefits to ripstop polyurethane and that nylon was very heavy.  John concluded his comments by urging everyone to talk to the sciences classes K-12 and I asked for feedback from listeners who make the effort to do this.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can get more information about JP Aerospace from the website and John’s email address is on his site.