Chicago’s Propeller Fund announces new awardees

The slideshow shows some of the funded projects from the last two years. Rocket Grants sister program, the Chicago-based Propeller Fund, has recently published the recipients for its second round [...]

Critcheloe, Warren, Noland film “Dust” preparing for Spring release

 Stills from the film and images from behind the scenes. Kansas City artists Cody Critcheloe, Jaimie Warren and Peggy Noland, with support from a Rocket Grants project award, are in the editing [...]

Dark Matter Ascent Flight 2

This past Wednesday we had our second flight. This time the recovery went to Illinois to retrieve the balloon! Some pictures as seen from the Canon Camera– Some [...]

Yesterday’s Flight

Some updates on yesterday’s marathon flight: -Duration of approximately 4.5 hours covering a ground distance of about 223 miles from launch to touch down. -Top speed of 92 MPH with much of [...]

Hello There! We are Field Trip Publishing.

Hello There! We are Field Trip Publishing. Field Trip Publishing is a Kansas City based collaborative project founded and staffed by Eric Dobbins and Kelly John Clark – both former [...]

Map of Today’s Aerial “Roadtrip”

This map says it all: With today’s flight we literally crossed the entire state of Missouri, launching from just over the western border in Kansas to landing approximately 15 miles east of the [...]


After 4 hours of driving and 300 miles on the road, Fred and Bob found and successfully retrieved the payload capsule!  It was hanging approximately 20 feet in the air, suspended in a tree.  A [...]

Ascent Has Landed!

Touchdown tonight at approximately 5:58 PM CST.  Apogee of approximately 87,000 feet reached over the Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area on the border between Missouri and Illinois.  Touchdown [...]

Ascent is Still Flying!

It’s currently 4:05 PM in Kansas City and the balloon has been flying about 3.5 hours!  The winds are really carrying it and, if we get lucky, should give us an interesting flight view [...]

Launch! The Ascent Balloon is Flying!

See the link: To follow the balloon’s flight in real-time!

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