My friend John Powell has been running JP Aerospace, America’s OTHER Space Program, for many years now. I’ll tell you more about that later. Today, let’s delve into a really great program they offer called PongSat.
“A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside a ping pong ball. These ping pong ball “satellites” are flown to the edge of space by balloons or launched in sounding rockets. There are currently six to ten high-altitude missions flown by JP Aerospace each year. All of these missions can carry PongSats.”
You may want to start with the PongSat Users Guide. It’s a 12 page PDF online that gives you a very nice overview of what the program is about, some ideas for your own experiment and a few prohibited items (nothing living please).
There is a registration page right in the PDF. I recommend you do everything you can to prepare the PongSat, fill in the form then, contact JP Aerospace, then send in your experiment.
There’s a very nice video with a little more information on their 1000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space Kickstarter page. [While you’re there, consider starting your own project!] Watch for that launch on September 22nd.
From the very simple to the very elaborate, you can get your very own PongSat program launched today!
*”The PongSat program is completely free and open to everyone.”
*Experiment, ping pongs, shipping costs apply