The Pegasus Mission and You

The Pegasus Mission is all about bringing you a near space adventure, an experience in High Altitude Flight that you may have never witnessed before.  It is about you.

You can help us out promoting the flight of Pegasus II Oct 5 by using your social networks to promote the flight and get users to sign up for SMS notifications and the craft will send a text message to users to alert them of the launch.

Pegasus II is high altitude mission to near space providing a global real-time experience to users from the upper atmosphere using Microsoft Azure and experimental technology.

Windows and Android apps available in app/play stores for Pegasus II’s mission to near space.  iOS app submitted last night and hopefully will be available by flight time Oct 5 ~10AM MDT from Cheyenne, WY, USA

Search “Pegasus Mission” to find the mobile apps.

Warning:  This mission has no guarantee of success. The mission team is working in a remote and hostile environment with high sensitive equipment nearly 20 miles above the surface of the earth. However, attempting to try what has never been done before is courageous and noble effort itself in an effort to learn and provide a unique experience to others.

High Altitude Science Firsts

  • Real-time video transmission from a HAB
  • Coordinated global broadcast of real-time telemetry and mapping through Web and mobile apps
  • Global user communications direct to HAB inflight
  • Craft notifications via SMS to users
  • Widely available HAS mission that is publicly and globally consumable
  • Real-time communications to/from HAB

Mission Objectives

  • Low latency, high throughput, linearly scalable and bidirectional communications
  • Mobile app with real-time experiences
  • Web site with real-time experiences
  • Security: Distributed authorization
  • Altitude: 100, 000 feet (19 miles, 30.5 kilometers)
  • Live video feed and onboard video from near space
    • Curvature of earth
    • Edge of visible atmosphere
    • Blackness of space
  • Onboard 3D view (5 cameras up, down, 3Xout)
  • Real-time broadcast of telemetry and mapping
  • Real-time communications between users and craft
  • Telemetry capture
  • Remote Intelligence: Automated flight operations from data center 1,000 miles away.
    • Live camera rotation
    • Delivery system release
    • Low altitude high speed main parachute deployment
  • 2K users watching flight (aspirational)


Web Site: (Live video + telemetry + maps)
Sign up for SMS flight notifications and craft will text you when it launches.
Mobile apps (Live telemetry + maps + sending user messages to craft inflight)
Twitter: @PegasusMission
LinkedIn: “#PegasusMission”

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Pegasus II – Go For Launch

Pegasus II is GO FOR LAUNCH for our next mission to near space.  A 2 day Launch Window of Oct 5 – Oct 6 from Cheyenne, WY.

Windows store apps for live telemetry, mapping, sending user messages to the inflight craft are available…search for “Pegasus Mission”.

Live video + telemetry at    Sign up for SMS flight notifications here and Pegasus II will text your phone when it takes flight.

Android and iOS apps to follow shortly.

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New Launch Window and Win10 App

We will know in the next 48 hours whether the Oct 5 – 6 launch date will hold good news for weather conditions.  We will advise of a go or no-go on Monday or Tuesday (Sept 28 or 29).

Our Win10 and windows phones are now searchable in the Windows app stores.  You can search for “Pegasus Mission” and install the free app to watch the flight of Pegasus II.  You can also send a message to the craft inflight and we will show you message on a tiny LCD display outside the craft and record it into the video record during flight.

We will advise shortly on the phone apps for Android and iOS, stay tuned.

Remember to go to the Web site and sign up for SMS flight notifications and the craft will text your phone when it launches so you will not miss the flight.

We hope the UAV gods can an excellent weather forecast for next week in the next 48 hours 😀

Best Wishes,


Testing and Photos of Pegasus II Internals

We are in the throws of end-2-end testing in preparation for flight.  Below are photos of Mark Nichols handwork for the craft and sensors, video, and radio.  Recovery system and housing not shown.  Pegasus II is a highly complex craft.  I find humor in that he brings it in an Atari box.

Lower deck internal craft sensor array, gps, and telemetry radio


Upper deck internal craft gyroscope and video radio


Outer top of craft disassembled


Out top of craft assembled


Mobile station radio, gps, and sensors


The carrying container


Unique Exchange of Equity

When I look back at the nexus of “The Pegasus Mission” Mark and I made a single decision that transformed the challenge into something grander than we initially imagined. Because we were working with real-time, open, and distributed systems coupled to IoT, we needed something compelling that placed an emphasis and reason to the participate in the technology. We did not want to trivialize the technology in any way, and that led to a focus on driving a unique user experience that people had never seen before. By focusing on the entertainment value and taking users to a place they could not travel, we could passively couple both research and technology. It is a unique exchange of equity between the mission team and the users. The users get an incredible experience they could not otherwise obtain, and we get to test the premise of the research and the technology while they do it. While we initially believed our thoughts were original, they were not. The concept was originated a long time ago by a great explorer, Jacques Cousteau.

Perhaps you may remember watching “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” on television when you were much younger. The Cousteau team would travel to remote locations and explore the oceans. This was in a time where underwater filming requiring highly customized equipment and scuba diving was not something many people could do. In fact, Cousteau invented scuba diving with his aqualung. You probably cannot remember the name of single researcher onboard their ship, the Calypso, or any of the research they were doing…but you remember the marvel of undersea world shown to you for the first time. We were absolutely enthralled watching the Cousteau team take risks below the surface in order to gain an understanding of what was down there. The act of watching the television special enabled us to be drawn into a marvelous exchange of equity, because that research, that we cannot remember, would never have been possible without us watching it. Ultimately, we all benefited from our own participation because the Cousteau team help make our lives better through the understanding and research that they did in the oceans around the world. It was an ironic twist that we can in some way thank ourselves for making the oceans a better place.   Our mission to near space is fundamentally no different and depends on users watching flight through our Web Site or phone apps.

With less than 2 weeks away from the launch of Pegasus II, where we take you not down into the oceans, rather into the heavens 20 miles into the upper atmosphere. We will test live video onboard the craft for the first time to bring you a completely unique experience from three times higher than where commercial aircraft can travel. You will see the curvature of the earth, the edge of the atmosphere, and the blackness of space in real-time. Additionally, we will stream telemetry from the craft, and map of the showing the position of the craft and our chase vehicle, all in real-time. Finally, we will let you send a 40 character message to the craft in flight and get your personal message into the flight video record.

While the endeavor is not without risk and success is not a guarantee. Unlike a television special, we will be executing the mission live and I can guarantee will it not be “perfect”.  Innovation is an inherently a risky proposition and it takes a courageous team to live it out and challenge assumptions about what is possible…and attempt to bring you an unforgettable experience. We can only try our best and I believe that the having the fortitude to attempt what has not been done before is noble effort in itself.

You can sign up for SMS flight notifications and we will text your phone when Pegasus II is launched

My thoughts on Innovation from nearly 2 year ago.

Pegasus II – Launch Window Sept 28, 2015

Pegasus II mission team is pushing out launch window to week of Sept. 28th, 2015 at our location in Cheyenne, WY.

Remember to go to and sign up for flight notifications.

I have shown, image below, the full expected flight profile from launch to touchdown as well as the critical communications that impact the flight.

The ascent phase will take about 95 minutes from our launch altitude climbing to 100,000 feet.  Once we get to the target altitude between we begin the Separation, Descent, and Landing sequence, or SDL.  SDL happens through communications from cloud intelligence running in a Microsoft Azure Data Center over a thousand miles away.  The entire SDL sequence depends of our ability have the cloud act as the “brain” for Pegasus II and communicate with extreme low latency to the remote craft in this hostile environment.  This intelligence determines when to separate the craft from the delivery system, or Delivery System Release (DSR) at the target altitude.  The next phase is the high speed descent (HSD) as the craft rapidly descends on its tiny drogue parachute.  The cloud intelligence will be computing the forward vertical position on the craft in time and issue a command for Main Parachute Deployment (MPD), when the craft is at an altitude of 12,000 feet.  This command will unfurl a 7 foot parachute and slow the craft down for a safe landing and touchdown. If everything doesn’t work just right…well, we will own some expense debris.

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