$114
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 11 2014 9:56 PM UTC +00:00
$114
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 11 2014 9:56 PM UTC +00:00

About

I have been running a small online store for several years.  I was in my back yard one day and looked down to find my first ever four leaf clover.  I looked for a about 20 more minutes and ended up finding almost 200 four leaf clovers (I dont know if finding so many, so quickly, has something to do with the particular ground, the time of year, or some other variable). As a web developer I decided to set up an online store to sell them. 

Realfourleafclover.com sells genuine four leaf clovers (trifolium repens) that have been pressed, dried, and laminated. 

Completely separate from this little business is my desire to send a balloon into space and then retrieve it using a GPS transponder.  All of the steps involved are very well documented online, so this process shouldn't be too difficult.  The thing that sets this project apart from others is my payload.

I currently have 100 four leaf clovers on hand and ready to be sent along with this helium balloon.  These clovers will then be shipped out to backers of the project.

Support Four Leaf Clover in Space to help make it a reality. Thanks!

Four Leaf Clovers - Ready To Go
Four Leaf Clovers - Ready To Go

Risks and challenges

Clearance for launching a balloon into controlled air space-
A phone call to the FAA should mitigate this problem

Not being able to recover the balloon-
It is not guaranteed that the package will be recovered. A cellular based GPS unit will be running with an external battery back up. This system should send GPS data including long/lat as well as altitude during the entire flight. However, the system could fail. The package could also end up lost in an irretrievable location such as in a lake, tree, or private property.

Balloon failure-
Most weather balloons currently available online are surplus supplies. It is reported from time to time that these balloons sometimes burst upon inflation. To mitigate this risk, two balloons will be purchased.

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    Access to entire gallery of images from preparation to recovery of payload.

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    The whole purpose of this project is to send genuine four leaf clovers into space. As a backer at this level, you will receive one of the clovers that gets sent a long on this trip.

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Funding period

- (33 days)