First off, the important stuff
Thank YOU guys for all of your pledges so far. We have rocketed past 10% and are moving steadily towards our goal. We've picked up some great media so far, including a recent news piece by MSNBC. Hopefully all of this exposure will help us get to our goal even faster, but we wouldn't be where we're at NOW without your support.
Finally, some pictures…
So it took a little longer than expected to get some pictures of what our tier awards look like. I have posted several images to our main page, but I also have some great build photos for you here. Here they are:
These Hermes stickers are going to come with a transparent background.
Both the T-Shirt and Polo shirt are going to have the STAR Systems Logo on the front. Here is what it looks like up close:
For our first run of shirts, we decided to put the Hermes logo and "Pit Crew" on the back of just the T-Shirts, and leave the back blank for the Polo shirts. We thought this gave the Polo a cleaner and more professional look. Don't worry, if you'd prefer to get a Polo AND have the image/text on the back, we will make that happen for you. Morris has a very good contact at our local print shop that he has done business with for over a decade. They are very good to us and will take of our, and your, needs.
We've finished the Hermes Model for our first backer! Here's the mold set we have for the model:
Here's the model in various stages of sanding/painting:
And the finished product:
As you can see, we are doing all of the prep and finish work ourselves in our shop. They take several hours to achieve the level of detail we are looking for. The model is formally 21" front-to-back, 15.25" wing tip-to-tip, and 7.25" tall. We may stencil in the Hermes Logo on the side, or we may leave it up to each individual backer. What do you think?
And finally, since we have our first backer for a Hermes Paperweight, we have started work on one.
As you can see, our piece starts out as a stainless steel bar. The entire paperweight will consist of one machined piece (no attached parts), machined on our 2 ton lathe:
Tier Updates - Cumulative Awards!
I am very pleased to announce that our tiers are now cumulative! What this means, is that whatever tier you pledge, we will give you all tiers below that level! This is retroactive for all backers (thanks again!).
The only exception to this is our $500 tier. You will not get a paperweight at this level. Please message us if you'd like to work something out to receive both items.
Thanks again everyone!
pledged of $20,000 goal
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Mar 29, 2012 - Apr 28, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Your name will appear on a special 'backer' page on our website, hermesspace.comEstimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Hermes Stickers - You'll get a large sticker of the Hermes logo you can put on your own rocket... or something more reasonable like a laptop.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Hermes Exclusive Access - Receive exclusive announcements of our major milestone accomplishments and important updates before the general public. We'll also throw in access to a live feed for our first engine test firing.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Join the Hermes Pit Crew - You'll get a T-Shirt or Polo Shirt (your choice) with our logo on the front and "Hermes Pit Crew" on the back. We'll also sign your name on the Hermes Test Motor and film it for you before we do our first engine firing.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Personalized Payload - On the Hermes maiden test flight, we'll have a special Kickstarter payload capsule on board, which will contain your name and a personalized message. After it's successfully gone to space, we'll send it back to you!Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
Pledge $250 or more
Rocket Engine Paper Weight - You'll get a miniature replica of the Hermes Test Motor, machined and assembled at our shop out of polished stainless steel. A perfect way to keep those pesky papers from launching off your desk!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Handcrafted Hermes Model - Here's your opportunity to get a 1/20th scale Hermes Model, created, shaped, sanded and painted at our shop. Each model will come with a certificate, signed by the Hermes Team and include pictures of the team making your specific model.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Hermes Team Skype - The Hermes Team founders will set up a 1 hour video session with you and your family, friends, coworkers, or students. We'll go over the state of the aerospace industry, our plans for the next year or two, show you how we create our engines in the shop and answer any questions you have about what we do or anything about space!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
Sky High Advertisement - Earn your place in history by being one of the few people who have advertised on a spacecraft. We'll proudly reserve a spot for your name, company, or whatever you'd like to see on the skin of the Hermes, up through it's first test launch.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
Ignition - You'll get round trip with accommodations to the first Hermes Test Motor firing. We'll show you around our shop, teach you how to build a rocket engine, and then we're off to the desert to fire our test engine. Be the first to pledge here and we'll let you press the ignition button.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012