ISON aims to built an amateur rocket that breaks the internationally recognized edge of space.
We're officially dubbing the summer of 2012 the "Summer of Inspiration." With the landing of the Mars Curiosity rover, marking a series of firsts for NASA's planetary sciences program, the launch of the Dragon Capsule by Space X, the first commercial space craft to rendezvous with the International Space Station, the move of NASA's DAWN orbiter from the largest object in the asteroid belt Vesta over to our nearest protoplanet Ceres AND Virgin Galactic taking its final steps towards shuttling civilians to space and back, we've never really lived in a greater age of exploration.
However, deep cuts to our nation's science and space budget and an overall shift in public opinion on the importance of science and doing things that are hard, we've never felt a greater need to reignite the passion and inspire people to dream of tomorrow again.
Learning, designing, testing and preparing for the largest rocket launch of our lives is no small order. It's not on the scale of launching an Atlas 5, but its much more expensive than some high powered model rockets. Your support will help us take the following steps and acquire the following items:
- 3-4 High powered test rockets to get our Tripoli Rocketry Licensing (so we can start launching the big boys)
- Materials to start modeling and crafting our own prototypes
- The high peered motors required to launch to these high altitudes (custom made)
- High altitude communications equipment
- Recovery devices (parachutes, streamers, etc)
- Go-Pro/Kodak Video cameras to document the entire flight from launch to landing
We realize this is a very high bar. Our immediate goal is to start launching tests and begin testing our own prototyped designs by summer's end. We're hoping to use this summer to get us to the point where we have our game plan ready to start launching our prototyped rocket and prepare for barrier breaking launches by next year. Additionally, we want to invite as many people as possible to get involved with us. We want to inspire the next generation of explorers and dreamers to take up challenges and do great things.
By pushing ourselves and our boundaries, we're bound to make great discoveries.
Want to follow along? You can find us in a couple locations.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $15,000 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 13, 2012.
May 14, 2012 - Jun 13, 2012 (30 days)
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Your name will go on a sealed flight manifest for every rocket we launch, including our final launch.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Get a 1" ISON pin. Show your rocket supporting pride! (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Get a sweet 3" ISON vinyl sticker. Let everyone know your other ride is a rocket. (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Get a commemorative 4" embroidered ISON "Reaching for the Stars" patch. Adorn the back of your denim vest in true space-style. (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Get a limited edition, screen printed ISON poster. Hand printed by friend of the project, it'll look real nice on your cubicle wall. (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Get a limited edition ISON t-shirt. Printed on only the finest of American Apparel tee's. (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Get pieces of any of the rockets we launch during the course of this project. Fins, nose cones, nozzles, retired parachutes & maybe even one of our Lego Astronauts who'll accompany the flights. (+ all above)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Get your name printed on the outside of every rocket we launch. What better way to see your name in lights?Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Get the final rocket named after you. Printed BIG and BOLD along the side of the rocket, all you! How cool would this look blazing its way into the sky "ISON : [YOUR NAME] ROCKET SYSTEM" ?!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012