- JP Aerospace
JP Aerospace is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to achieving cheap access to space. They have been hired by the
U.S. Air Forceto provide concepts to allow rapid launch of battlefield communication and monitoring systems. [See Boyle, 2004 (below)] JP Aerospace was founded, and is still controlled by, John Marchel Powell, familiarly known as "JP". Since its inception, JP Aerospace has had a special interest in lighter-than-air flight. Their stated purpose is achieving cheap access to space. Most competitors in the field of CATS ('Cheap Access To Space') have focused on ground-launched rockets or fixed-wing aerodynamic liftto high altitudefollowed by rocket propulsion. JP Aerospace has uniquely chosen inflatable, buoyant components as a primary means of propulsion.
Space Frontier Foundation
* [http://www.jpaerospace.com JP Aerospace]
* [http://www.jpaerospace.com/rockoons.html JP Aerospace Rockoons]
* [http://www.jpaerospace.com/atohandout.pdf Airship To Orbit Concept] (pdf)
* [http://www.space-frontier.org/Projects/CatsPrize/ Space Frontier Foundation CATS Prize]
* [http://www.spacefellowship.com/Forum/viewforum.php?f=25 Official JP Aerospace Forum]
* Alan Boyle (2004), [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5025388/ Airship groomed for flight to edge of space] , "MSNBC"
* Stew Magnusson (2003), [http://www.space.com/spacenews/archive03/balloonarch_012103.html Air Force Explores Balloon-Assisted Launches] , "Space.com Space News, Imaginova Trade Publishing"
* David Kushner, [http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/careers/careerstemplate.jsp?ArticleId=p050105 Space Invaders] , "IEEE Spectrum"
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