Ascent Performance Videos Online

Didn’t make it to Ascent in May?  No sweat!  Below are four videos from the live performance May 19th.  Let us know what you think! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Advertisements

LAST CHANCE: Ascent Tonight at 7 & 9 PM

Last night’s audiences were stunned by the amazing imagery featured in Ascent along with the the beautiful, live musical score.  The last two performances of Ascent are tonight at 7 & 9 PM.  Don’t miss your last chance to See Kansas City as Never Before! Location: Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Union Station Date: Tonight, May 19th…

Dark Matter Helps Fox 4 at “School Day at the K”

Dark Matter worked today with Fox 4 at their annual School Day at the K” event.  We launched a weather balloon with live camera transmitter and were able to show real-time images from our balloon camera on the jumbotron.  Our balloon reached over 95,000 feet today!  You can see images of Kansas City from this…

Dark Matter Limited Edition Poster

Dark Matter is proud to unveil our poster for Ascent, featuring a stunning image of Kansas City taken from 95,000 feet up.  The poster is 11″X17″ and is available to purchase for $10.  All proceeds support the production of Ascent.   Please email to order a poster.

Kansas City: See Yourself as Never Before

  Ascent: Critically acclaimed performances reveal Kansas City from the edge of space on a huge, 60 foot screen accompanied by live music and narration. May 18 at 7PM and 9PM,   May 19 at 7PM and 9PM at  Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station Ticket Price: $15 To Purchase Tickets:   (816)460-2020,   Kansas City: See Yourself…

The Official Promotional Trailer for “Ascent”

As we approach the performance of “Ascent” May 18 and 19, we’d like to share with you a taste of the music and imagery you’ll see and hear. The video is available in HD if you watch it directly on YouTube. Enjoy!  

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 it from 60-80 MPH.  Average ground speed of 50 MPH. -Peak altitude of 87,320 reached right at the border of Illinois and Missouri….

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 border with Illinois.  If the pictures turn out, we should have an aerial “roadtrip” view crossing the entire state from Kansas City…


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 short tree climb and a few cuts of the line easily freed the capsule.  No damage was suffered to any…

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 was about 75 miles north-northwest of St. Louis within 15 miles of Jacksonville, Illinois. That’s a LONG trip! We hope to have some spectacular cross-country pictures soon!

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 to… St. Louis!  For the first few hours of flight the balloon was averaging a groundspeed of 60-80 MPH.  The same…