We just pass the 100 backers and can't thank you enough for your support!!! Yes, you are making Protei project possible, Thank you so much!!!
We are now at the V2_ in Rotterdam Netherlands, working hard on :
- recruiting the team for this summer in Rotterdam.
- finding a workspace to build the full-scale Protei.
- finding windy waters where to test Protei.
- writing down the Long Term Technology Development plan of Protei and deciding what our engineering evaluation criteria.
- developing partnerships / sponsorships.
- building a test of the 400$ RC 1m long Protei.
We have interviewed many amazing people in the last days, and we can already guarantee a fantastic team for this summer Protei engineering / fabrication and testing team. Assembling a team of brilliant people make us feel very confident about what we can produce this summer. In september we hope to have a full-scale working prototype of Protei.
Also, we must comfort you by saying again that we have found the initial funding to develop Protei and what we are funding on Kickstarter is the money to buy more accurate sensors and carry all the tests in towing tanks and at sea. These tests and scientific data are required to take Protei to the next level to meet academic research and industrial standards. So no matter what happens on Kickstarter, Protei will be built ; with your help we can go much further.
By middle of next week, we also hope to have a small inflatable + articulated prototype to show you. The 2 lucky $400 backers will have a preview of what they will get. In fact, many people don't realize that for $400 - the price of a normal Remote Controlled Boat - you can have your own revolutionary Protei of the same size!!!
The deadline is approaching. We have 17 days to find $20'000. Ouch.
That is more than $1000 per day. We need your help again. Not to give us more money, but to let the world know. We've had these 2 amazing articles that helped us a lot :
So, if you have friends in the press, on-line media, blogging etc let them know about Protei! We have a Press kits here : https://sites.google.com/a/opensailing.net/protei/media
This is what we need now : A rocket launcher for the Protei team!
Let's do it !