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Team of undergraduates racing to be the first student organization to successfully launch a rocket powered by a 3D-printed engine.
Team of undergraduates racing to be the first student organization to successfully launch a rocket powered by a 3D-printed engine.
465 backers pledged $21,882 to help bring this project to life.

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The Vulcan-1 engine is a bigger, better, but completely different design compared to our original Tri-D engine. We were the first students in the world to design, print, and test a 3D printed rocket engine, and now we are going bigger! The Vulcan-1 will be placed into the rocket body and launched in June making us both the first student organization to do so as well as the record holders for highest flight of a rocket powered by a 3D printed engine.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF OUR CAMPAIGN!!!!! We thank all our generous backers, but we still believe WE CAN DO MORE!!! Time is running out to make yourself a part of history!!!

Above are the design specifications for the Vulcan-1 Rocket Body. We believe that with this design we can achieve an altitude of 10,000 feet!

Vulcan-I brings with it new and exciting technologies to the aerospace industry, which have the potential to challenge the field's landscape. It’s not only because we are a group of undergraduate students designing a liquid fueled rocket engine with 750lbs of thrust that makes this project unique; it’s how we are building it. 

Like its predecessor, Tri-D, Vulcan-I is one out of a handful of 3D printed engines in the world. The very fact that students can design, print, and test a 3D printed rocket engine at a professional level is revolutionary. And why is that so exciting? Because it proves that students are capable of so much more than we realize! We are on our way to being the first organization to successfully launch a 3D printed rocket engine, and it would all be thanks to your support.

Our accomplishments have the potential to revolutionize how space is reached. 3D printing dramatically lowers the cost of the most expensive part of rocketry, the engine. It also could prove to the world that we are more ready to be an interplanetary species than ever before. The possibilities are only limited by our imagination, but we need your help to get off the ground!

Any level of funding can put YOU as a part of scientific history. Your contributions will go entirely toward our building of Vulcan-1 and helping us students show what humanity can do!
 

From the entire SEDS team, we would like to thank you for your contributions. Your support will not only help us build a rocket body, it will help us shape how humanity gets into space! Our progress both changes space travel and develops our practical and professional skills.

Also, thank you to Minute Physics and TMRO for spreading the word about our mission!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

 Thank you to our Advisers

 

Risks and challenges

Being students, time is a commodity of which we have precious little. Our primary concern is with the fulfillment of donation packages that contain Vulcan-1 memorabilia. Since we are receiving the donation perks from numerous suppliers they will have to be condensed and prepared to ship to you, our supporters. We have seen this coming and are working with UCSD and logistical solution providers to ensure this process is as seamless as possible. Thank you again for your support and know we will be doing everything in our power to ensure that you receive your promised Vulcan-1 memorabilia in a timely fashion.

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    Pledge $3 or more About $3

    FLIGHT CADET:

    +Get YOUR NAME on the Vulcan-1 ROCKET BODY!

    -Digital Thank You Note
    -Updates of Vulcan-1

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    FLIGHT SCHOOL GRADUATE:

    + Personalized email
    + Vulcan-1 Shot Glass

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    COSMONAUT TRAINEE:
    Student Special:

    +Vulcan-1 Shot Glass DOUBLE SET

    -Personalized email

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    SPACE CADET:

    + Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    + Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    + Our Exclusive Download film

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass

    The film will contain behind the scenes development of Vulcan-1 and Tri-D, as well as interviews with members of the team, and a story-telling walk-through of this amazing journey with our senior members.

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    COSMONAUT:

    + Vulcan-1 3D Printed Stand-up Emblem

    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Download film
    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass

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    SPACE ACADEMY GRADUATE:

    + 3-D PRINTED ABS MODEL of the ROCKET

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film

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    SPACEFLIGHT HITCHHIKER:

    + 2 Piece Vulcan-1 Etched Drinking Glass Set
    + Vulcan-1 T-shirt with YOUR NAME featured on the back.

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film
    - 3-D Printed ABS Model of the Rocket

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    FLIGHT ENGINEER:

    + YOUR NAME featured on one side of the ACTUAL ROCKET FIN! (Large Print)

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film
    - 3-D Printed ABS Model of the Rocket.
    - 2 Piece Vulcan-1 Etched Drinking Glass Set
    - Vulcan-1 T-shirt with Your Name featured on the back.

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    Pledge $186 or more About $186

    MISSION SPECIALIST:

    + YOUR NAME featured in large letters on the VIP SECTION OF THE ROCKET BODY!

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film
    - 3-D Printed ABS Model of the Rocket.
    - 2 Piece Vulcan-1 Etched Drinking Glass Set
    - Vulcan-1 T-shirt with Your Name featured on the back.

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    LEAD PILOT:

    + Personal invitation to meet our team

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film
    - 3-D Printed ABS Model of the Rocket.
    - 2 Piece Vulcan-1 Etched Drinking Glass Set
    - Vulcan-1 T-shirt with Your Name featured on the back.
    - Your Name featured in large letters on the actual Rocket Body.

    (Please note: due to Kickstater restrictions we can not cover logistical expenses associated with travel fees and airfare)

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    Pledge $2,608 or more About $2,608

    COMMANDER:

    + YOU NAME one of the INJECTOR PLATES.

    - Vulcan-1 Shot Glass
    - Vulcan-1 Postcard from a team member
    - Featured in our SEDS@UCSD website.
    - Our Exclusive Signed DVD/Download film
    - 3-D Printed ABS Model of the Rocket.
    - 2 Piece Vulcan-1 Etched Drinking Glass Set
    - Vulcan-1 T-shirt with Your Name featured on the back.
    - Your Name featured in large letters on the actual Rocket Body.
    - Personal invitation to meet our team

    The name you choose will be printed onto the injector plate. We will send you pictures of your named engine and it will be featured in our Exclusive DVD/Download Film.

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