posted on Jun, 22 2005 @ 11:11 PM
Sorry friends, but the Ascender was destroyed when the USAF attempted to launch it during a wind storm in Fort Stockton, TX last Summer (2004).
John Powell, the president of JP Aerosapce, the company mentioned in the referenced article suffered at least one cracked rib as a result of the
incident. The Air Force officer in charge insisted on attempting the lauch despite warnings from JPA weather monitoring technicians that a tornado
was in the immediate vicinity.
Mr. Powell, fearing for the safety of the untrained Air Force ground crew, rushed to their aid and was himself hauled 10FT into the air and was
injured when he chose to fall to the ground rather than be carried further aloft as the ship broke free in the high winds before it could be secured.
The remains of the Ascender were recovered by the military, and as it was built under contract to the USAF, the wreckage and debris was released to
the Air Force. I understand that the remains were shipped to NM.
Yet another shining example of "Military Intelligence".
My confession? I was one of the original founders of JP Aerospace. I am very familiar with the Ascender project. And from the start of the project,
I have suspected, as proposed in the article, that the project was funded as much as a cover story for the military/intelligence complex as it was an
R&D project. Pretty simple deduction, really, when you consider that our funding was channelled through a government contracter that also handled
various "Black Budget" projects.