Hi everyone! Since our last update, STAR Systems has been running the media gauntlet. A lot of organizations were interested in hearing about our story after our successful Kickstarter campaign. Here are a few links to some of our media exposure:
This type of exposure is great to showcase to potential investors. It shows that what we're working on is news worthy and that people are having a positive reception towards our work.
We've also been hard at work on continuing our development process towards our full scale motor. Here's a video of a 2" motor firing we did last weekend:
This motor used our new injector head design, and attempted to reuse one of our nozzles. We fired this motor for 7 seconds. What makes this particular motor firing unique is it's our first attempt at an automated remote monitoring and test system. This entire burn (from startup through shutdown) was controlled via computer! This is a great step forward for us because it allows us to standardize the rest of these small burns to finish dialing in our desired fuel combination for our full scale burn.
My goal is to sent out the tier surveys by this weekend. We've already placed a bulk order for a lot of stickers. We'll be taking a lot of pictures as we receive items and then ship them out.
For the time being, we're going to sent out updates every two weeks. Of course, if something exciting happens we'll post about it sooner. We usually put out more frequent updates on Facebook. You can also reach us via message at anytime on here or via facebook or email.
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Mar 29, 2012 - Apr 28, 2012 (30 days)
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Your name will appear on a special 'backer' page on our website, hermesspace.comEstimated delivery: May 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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