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A photography, design and video project documenting the restaging of a 40 year-old memory and a shot at dad redemption.
A photography, design and video project documenting the restaging of a 40 year-old memory and a shot at dad redemption.
507 backers pledged $19,753 to help bring this project to life.

Here is your Saturn V Relaunch update for summer 2015

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Hello all, 

I know, it's been a while. So much time has passed that you have either entirely forgotten about backing this project or you have taken to leaving negative messages in the comments area out of frustration. More on this in a moment, but first, 

THE UPDATE:

43 years in the making, Saturn V Relaunch is nearing its completion.  The book and mission report are finally at the printer.  The book is being printed at Samwha Printing in Seoul, South Korea. 

!!!!!!!IMPORTANT!!!!!!!! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND E-MAIL ADDRESS using the Kickstarter interface. After all of this, I would like to make sure you get your rewards.

DATES FOR DELIVERY OF THE REMAINING REWARDS

IMAGE FROM THE BOOK PRINTS—AUGUST 10, 2015

SATURN V RELAUNCH VIDEO—SEPTEMBER 16, 2105

THE BOOK, THE MISSION REPORT (PRINT VERSION AND DIGITAL VERSIONS) AND MISSION PATCH—NOVEMBER 4, 2015 

After an obvious hiatus from the project and Kickstarter, I will be updating regularly as we near the book and video launch dates.

Thank you for allowing me to take the time I needed to let the project run its course.  

—PS

To the angry backers, 

Because of the nature of this project, I felt it was within my prerogative to take more time than I had planned, even a seemingly absurd amount of time if needed. This project is and was about time. My thinking was that it was 40 years in the making, so if it takes a few years to wrap it up so be it. This is a creative process, and a creative process is sometimes messy. I kind of liked that it was spinning out of its original scope and deadline and didn't really consider that some of you wouldn't feel the same. 

I now realize I probably should have just conveyed that along the way, and that would have helped everyone understand. For that lack of communication I am sorry. 

My guess before I got into this was late 2013. This of course turned out to be a very poor estimate. Truthfully, I was in search of an ending and I did not find that ending until last spring when I found the rocket. All pre-launch rewards were shipped early on. Any fulfillment of rewards that documented the project had to wait until the project was finally concluded. And again, this didn't happen in my mind 'til we found the rocket in the spring of 2014.  

As to why the lack of updates since? I would answer this with one word: LIFE; and that some things—even for a project as personal as this—should not appear in an update on Kickstarter.   

Onward and upward.

The Rocket Has Been Found, The Book, The Video

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HERE ARE YOUR SATURN V RELAUNCH UPDATES FOR WINTER 2014:

1. WE FOUND THE ROCKET

Let me back up here. If you read update #26 you know that we snuck back to the original site and had a flawless launch. What you probably don't know is that after 3 hours of searching thru dense underbrush, we couldn't find the Saturn V.II. This was back in October and my next chance to be up in Binghamton was over the holidays. So on Christmas day 2013, my brother-in-law Mike Roeder (a golf professional from Rochester, NY) and I, returned to the area. This time we searched thru snow but not thru foliage. Mike found the first stage tangled in some pricker bushes a few feet off the ground. The nose cone was about 100 ft. north on the edge of the parking area, only a few feet from where I was almost arrested 6 months previous.

Lesson: Always bring a golf pro with you when you are looking for anything in the woods.

Despite the fact that the rocket was out in the elements for 3 months (was water logged and was home to a field mouse), it is in pretty good shape. 

2. WE HAVE A ROUGH EDIT FOR THE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

An original score is being developed by composer Shea Lynch. No dates yet but the video will wrap before the book.

3. THE FINAL EDIT FOR THE BOOK IS UNDERWAY

We are doing a final edit of the more than 400 images we shot of the attempted relaunch, the relaunch and re-relaunch (and recovery). Then it's on to South Korea for printing. Again, no dates yet. Stay tuned for further updates.

Years from now, when my boys are looking thru a copy of the book—that many of you have been patiently waiting for since last October—they'll ask how long dad's Kickstarter took. Then I can say without exaggerating: "YEARS."

Thanks for your patience and continuing support.

-PS
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Editing the images
Found!
Found!
Get off my rocket!
Get off my rocket!

Saturn V Relaunch in Creative Review

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Here is what happens when you mess with the past

Hello Saturn V Relaunch Backer,

After months of delays, a false start and perhaps inevitable disaster, a memory has come full circle. I am happy to report that we finally launched the Saturn V.II. A full postmortem can be found on the project blog:

http://saturnvrelaunch.tumblr.com/post/58726658638/saturn-v-relaunch-recap-2013-is-not-1973

A bizarre few days to be sure. 

We have a ton of amazing images and footage and now its time to start on the book and video. Please keep in mind that I am a few months behind my original estimate for delivery so thank you in advance for your patience and support. 

-PS

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LAUNCH UPDATE! 8/2 5:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbpjRD2LVj4

WE ARE GO FOR TOMORROW WHILE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE WEATHER.

http://saturnvrelaunch.tumblr.com/ for further updates.

I will be live tweeting tomorrow during the launch. 
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-PS