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IN.GeniusBy IN.Genius
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IN.GeniusBy IN.Genius
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S$ 4,943
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 22 2018

About

About to lift off - one of the test launch in Alice Springs, Australia
About to lift off - one of the test launch in Alice Springs, Australia

Dear Backers, please read on for scientist Lim Seng's bio (end of this page), Story, Mission, Milestones, Press Coverage, crazy Rewards and more.

This project started with a quest to inspire not just Singaporeans but every ordinary person in any field of work, that given the heart, mind, and perseverance it is possible to dream and accomplish great things.

This is a story for you.

The IN.Genius team isn't backed by a large company or Space agency. Lim Seng had six volunteers, and it took them five long, arduous years to "science" things out, overcoming great odds and hurdles along the way.

Tech snippet: For example, the life support system that's responsible for dispensing oxygen to the Astronaut at a constant rate, and keeping the oxygen level steady at 21% is self-built.

This name was chosen because we believe that it's time for Singapore to take a quantum leap to open up even more future possibilities.

When Lee Kuan Yew passed away, Lim Seng rushed back from overseas just in time for the last day of the state funeral.

He placed a card written to Mr. Lee with the words, "Thank you Sir, for bringing Singapore to where we are today. I hope to one day bring Singapore into Space."

So here's Quantum 1, waiting to be filled with names and logos of individuals and companies who want to be a part of this amazing history of Singapore.

Quantum 1, with Prof Lui Pao Chuen, currently Advisor to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He was Singapore's Chief Defence Scientist from 1986 to 2008. (Lim Seng at far right)
Quantum 1, with Prof Lui Pao Chuen, currently Advisor to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He was Singapore's Chief Defence Scientist from 1986 to 2008. (Lim Seng at far right)

Fact: Beyond the Armstrong line @ 20km above sea level, saliva will boil. The effects of Space knock a person unconscious in less than 14 seconds with death a certainty a couple of minutes later.

Many have asked if they could contribute and be a part of this historic project.

This T-shirt is available for a $30 pledge
This T-shirt is available for a $30 pledge

 When the project first started, we felt it would not be responsible to conduct a crowdfunding campaign. There were far too many uncertainties, due to the magnitude of scientific, engineering and logistic challenges. We had a timeline that is difficult to project.

Now that this project is about to come to fruition, we believe the time is ripe to conduct this crowdfunding responsibly.

As documented in the Channel NewsAsia Documentary "A Singaporean in Space - Episode 1" (47 Mins), the project has so far been funded by Lim Seng and his family. Millions of dollars have been incurred over the five years in this quest.

The funds raised will be used to support the actual event on the 15th May at Alice Springs, Australia. It will also go towards defraying the cost of the project, which is the risk that Lim Seng and his family had absorbed over the years.

The core Science and Engineering Team - Alice Springs, Australia
The core Science and Engineering Team - Alice Springs, Australia

We also made this video that summarises the past five years into 1:57 mins. Tip: this isn't a trailer for the movie. (albeit we are rooting for it to be made in the future)

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Space is beautiful but extremely harsh and hazardous.

Fact: Micrometeorites up to 2mm in size travels at high velocity of 11km/second. Although the chance is very low, the spacecraft and its protective cabin can be hit and punctured by such particles. In comparison to the speed of a car, this would be 39,600 km/hr. About 32 times faster than the speed of a bullet.

It is such adversity and harshness of Space that the science and engineering of the Quantum 1 spacecraft is up against. We must bring the Astronaut home safely.

Interesting fact: Not everyone can be an Astronaut. It takes more than an hour to put on the spacesuit. And for some, being in such a restricted closed environment creates a claustrophobic effect. In this mission, the Astronaut needs to be in this spacesuit for up to 5 hours. A pilot license is a minimum requirement as well.

At 4.30am Singapore time (GMT+8), the Space balloon will lift off. The entire journey to the Armstrong line takes about 45 mins to an hour. Upon reaching the Armstrong line, the cord attaching Quantum 1's parachute to the balloon will be cut. The parachute will be deployed and the spacecraft will descend at a rate of 5 meters/second.

Tech snippet: The cord cutting system is first activated by ground control via radio signal. It has more than 4 fail-safes to ensure that the cord will be cut to return the Astronaut to Earth.

Tech snippet: Quantum 1 will descend at a rate of 5 meters/sec using a deployed 100 ft diameter parachute. The impact of the landing is cushioned by carefully designed crashables, such that the Astronaut will only experience a G-Force of less than 2.5G. In comparison, you can experience high G roller coasters from 3.5G to 6.3G.

More than 40 drop tests have been conducted. In Singapore's Singlish, that's "super kiasu!"

Mar 2015 - Aluminium Capsule: Successful 3 lab-rats flight test up to 29.5 km; 110 min.
Mar 2015 - Aluminium Capsule: Successful 3 lab-rats flight test up to 29.5 km; 110 min.
May 2015 - 1st successful drop test in Alice Springs, Australia.
May 2015 - 1st successful drop test in Alice Springs, Australia.

There was also the search for those willing to risk their lives to undertake this historic mission. More than 150 applied and 26 were later shortlisted. But there can only be one.

Interviews for shortlisting the candidates
Interviews for shortlisting the candidates

It was through much faith that Lim Seng went ahead to commit to this project in the presence of many uncertainties.

One of which was to go ahead to pay for the design and construction of the spacecraft when there was still no visibility to where he might get the stratospheric balloon from.

The wireframe of the actual capsule
The wireframe of the actual capsule

Today we have an amazing story of vision, grit, and perseverance that we can now share with the world.

The 5 long years of training and preparation.
The 5 long years of training and preparation.

 NASA, for example, has filed more than 6,300 patents and has an office that looks for ways to re-purpose space technology as products.

The Space Blanket, which helps accident victims & Marathon runners warm up quickly, was invented by NASA scientists.

Today, Orthodontists equip patients with braces made from the material nitinol, a Space material.

Prolia, a drug that today helps protect elderly people from osteoporosis was tested by NASA. It was easier to test this drug in space as astronauts lose around 1.5 percent of their bones each month in microgravity, whereas an elderly woman on Earth would lose 1.5 percent per year to osteoporosis [source: Kiger].

For Singapore, we hope this project will open up Space as a platform and establish a new and greater mental model for future generations. We are only limited by our imaginations.

Besides your financial backing, we want to do something quite crazy here. Remember in the school days where we would take time to write personal autographs for our parting friends or even on their birthday cards?

Let's bring this back and send our words of encouragement to the team in a really special way.

Please take a piece of paper, write your words with your handwriting. Take a snapshot of it and upload to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #gospacesg.

We'll pick it up and publish it on http://GoSpace.sg.

Ready for lift-off: A Singaporean attempt to go into space ChannelNewsAsia
23rd March 2018

Local firm aims to put first Singaporean in space by May
The Straits Times
2nd February 2018
Note: a correction was submitted but the article was not updated on the fact that Lim Seng did not receive funding from investors.

'Component issue' delays launch of S'pore space capsule
The Straits Times
8th August 2015

No room for space balloon flight launches in S'pore
The Business Times
10th January 2015

Happy Birthday Singapore, but without the space balloon
eTurboNews
9th January 2015

Singaporean team successfully launches rats towards space
Today Online
14th March 2015

A Singapore Startup Wants To Send A Singaporean To The Edge Of Space
Vulcan Post
16th March 2015

Space capsule to send first Singaporean into space unveiled
The Straits Times
1st November 2014

26 vying to be first Singaporean to fly into space
The Straits Times
7th February 2014

Singapore's ambitious space plan poised for lift-off
The Straits Times
29th July 2013

The Media team, made up of mostly volunteers, together with Cpt. Patsy (one of the selected candidate) at the unveiling of Singapore's First Spacesuit at National Library on 6th Apr 2018.
The Media team, made up of mostly volunteers, together with Cpt. Patsy (one of the selected candidate) at the unveiling of Singapore's First Spacesuit at National Library on 6th Apr 2018.

INNOVATION.GENIUS (IN.GENIUS) (PTE.) LTD is a company founded by Mr. Lim Seng, and registered in Singapore (UEN:200905166H) focused on scientific research.

Mr. Lim Seng, born in 1960, was awarded Government Scholarships to study in France and America. Between 1980-1986, he did a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics followed by a Master in Science Electronics Engineering and a Physics Maitrise in the French Grande Ecole CPE in Lyon, and between 1993-1995 a Master in Science Computer Engineering in US Navy Post Graduate School at Monterey California. He returned from France to Singapore in 1987 and was posted to Ministry of Defence to develop the first Air Force Operations Command Center - which later he initiated to 'link-up' with the Changi Civil Airport pioneering the Singapore UAV [unmanned system] capability and he headed the UAV Programme Office between 1990-1993 and drafted the Unmanned Technology Master Plan. Mr. Lim Seng was awarded numerous Best Programme Awards, amongst which 3 times Star Awards at National level, consecutively for 3 years for innovative contributions, amongst which a first UAV Simulator in the World.

In 1999, Mr. Lim Seng was nominated by the Deputy Prime Minister then, Dr Tony Tan to set up and head Singapore's first offshore Defence Technology Office DTO(E) for Europe in the Singapore Embassy, Paris. He directed the office till 2004, and succeeded in numerous Government-to-Government hi-tech collaborations with countries such as France, Germany, UK and Sweden. For his contribution towards technology cooperation with Europe, he was accorded by President Nathan an Administration Service Medal in 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Lim Seng joined EADS Corporate HQ (AirBus Group today) as the Senior Advisor, EADS International for Global Business Strategy, and Vice President Cassidian Defence System Division, Asia Pacific. In 2007, he triple-hat to represent EADS CTO, for Asia Pacific. Mr. Lim Seng was instrumental in the set up of Singapore EADS R&D lab. Mr. Lim Seng was involved and instrumental in many projects covering aircraft, helicopter, radar & missile, security & cyber, and space, notably, the in R&D of deep space power generation; space-based solar energy, space guidance & nav. In 2010 he initiated the Hypersonic Space Plane Demonstrator project in Singapore, and at the Feb 2012 Airshow the contract was signed. During which, he also kicked-off a techno-solutioning competition in Vietnam with the Academia of Science & Technology VAST, to save fishermen lives from typhoons leveraging satellite imagery technologies.

Currently Mr. Lim Seng Founder & MD of IN.Genius, in his personal capacity is aiming at sending a 1st Singaporean to cross the Armstrong Line at 20km - to teleport Singapore to Space; and as Founder & MD of Singapore Astronautics pioneering "Space Education" for youths across the Nation as his personal contribution to Singapore.

Risks and challenges

The effects of Space has been hard to imagine. There has been one recorded incident of death from decompression in spaceflight, the Soyuz 11 decompression accident in 1971, which resulted in the death of the three cosmonauts on board.

Only one NASA Astronaut survived this situation in a ground vacuum test when his spacesuit started to leak. He woke up after the cabin was quickly pressurized, remembering that the saliva on his tongue started to boil.

The team has achieved successful testing of the cabin in April 2017, such that wearing a t-shirt would be just fine. However, as a fail-safe, the Astronaut will be wearing a spacesuit.

On D-day 15th May 2018, the flight can also be derailed by unexpected weather conditions. This is despite the date and time have been carefully chosen with more than 20 years of high altitude weather data. As such, we've planned a 5 days window to attempt this flight.

If deployed in an adverse weather condition, the balloon can start to spin. A pendulum effect can also happen if the deployment procedure isn't done properly. This would create a very unfavorable situation for the Astronaut in the spacecraft.

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