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About

Project Davinci

Were flying a satellite in space with you in the cockpit!

Virtual Reality in Space!

This a spaceship that you can remotely control. You'll be able to point the camera at different objects like Earth in a Virtual Reality cockpit. It will feel like you're in an Apollo mission!

We'll ship you a VR headset that works with your phone. From launch to space, you'll be able to follow along in VR. 

We are going to livestream the launch of the rocket in New Zealand in 360 degree video. When the rocket gets out of sight we'll switch over to a simulation of what's happening with us up in orbit. When the satellite has been activated up in space, you'll start taking turns controlling the satellite. 

You'll be able do things like point the camera to different positions. Send morse coded or regular messages from space. Use the sensors to see where it is in orbit and to make sure the internals are working. And even more, including future announcements that involve Bitcoin, talking down to mission control, and more.  

You're in the front seat of the cockpit! It's incredible!

Taylor Swift goes to space!  

Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift joins forces with Project DaVinci to be one of the first musicians ever to send her music into space with our time capsule. Taylor Swift's handpicked music and a personal message will be included along with her name engraved on the satellite!  

   

Oh and guess what? Our team is made up entirely of teenagers!

A New Announcement Every Week!

We're going to announce a new way to give the average person access to space every week for 8 weeks. Follow our countdown on our website!

Time Capsule


We give multiple ways to you to access space. This is a time capsule that the whole world can participate in. What does that mean? Much like a time capsule you would bury underground or store for opening hundreds of years later...Project DaVinci is a time capsule for the cosmos!

You can send a video to store on the time capsule that could be your friends, your family, a special moment, an important place, someone who is dear to your heart or maybe just something you find amazing and beautiful. All of us can create short videos to store and share with the rest of the universe! Our time capsule is a place for everyone to share what makes the human race fantastically wonderful!

Project Davinci is a space capsule for the entire world. Our hope is to spread our mission across the world and create a true representation of who we are as a people. Every country, race and sex. Every person will have a voice no matter who you are or where you're from. It's important to us as teenagers to show the cosmos who we are collectively. No one will be left behind!

So we're going to hold a contest on our website. Where you can find your country, sign up, and submit a video that you want to get sent up to space. The video with the most votes gets their video sent to space for free. Every country in the world gets one free time capsule video to make sure we represent the world. 

“How far will our nomadic species have wandered by the end of the next century and the next millennium?” - Carl Sagan 

Who are we? 

We are a group of high schoolers from North Idaho that has worked hard to design and develop an interactive spacecraft! For us, this is what makes Project Davinci even more spectacular! We get the chance to show the world that teenagers can create something amazing. With the help of a group of talented engineers, astronauts and entrepreneurs - we have completely designed, developed and created Davinci to share with the world.

On top of that, we were the only High School in the nation to be approved by Nasa for this project - what a huge honor and responsibility to the world!

Our team is reaching out via Kickstarter in hopes to garner further support for our cause: To bring space exploration to the world! 

Technical and Mission Details:

We are launching what's called a Cubesat. We're pre-loading the videos we'll get from you onboard the satellite. And we're connecting to another satellite called Global Star to connect to the internet so we can show you the videos on the satellite! We're also communicated with it by radio as a back up to Global Star. 

The award we won to be apart of a NASA mission is called the ELaNa Mission. Which stands for: Educational Launch of Nanosatellites. Our goal of the mission is to give the average person access to space. So they can learn and feel apart of it. 

We're working with Clydespace, a cubesat company that is currently building the cubesat. They've built satellites before for the European Space Agency and United Kingdom Space Agency. 

NASA contracted out this company to launch the satellite out of New Zealand, where it'll be launching June 23, 2017.

The Inspiration: How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

We couldn't have done this project without the advice and inspiration in this book. And now, everyone in the book has become an incredible help on the team!

Time Capsule App

We have created an app to access the time capsule from their phones to submit a video. The app also will give you behind the scenes access on the Project Da Vinci mission. This is the start of a trend of products that give you access to space. Before today, you could pull out your phone and open apps that gave you access to Europe, Asia, and the whole world. Now that’s starting to happen in space. http://apple.co/2eCdTo5 

Project Davinci Mentors and Supporters:

“You can invent something and say, I did that!” “It brings so much enjoyment…” Burt Rutan Created First Private Manned Mission to Space

“Project Davinci is one of the coolest projects out there that gives everyone access to space!” Peter Diamandis Founder, Xprize

“Projects like this not only bring engineers, scientists and students together to help solve big problems - but they really unify the entire community…” Chris Lewicki CEO, Planetary Resources

“I urge you to be generous, because this kind of effort is what we need to develop the next generation of technicians, engineers, scientists, but most of all researchers and discoverers because that’s what this is all about.” John Phillips Former Nasa Astronaut

Rewards

$30 - 2 Minutes Controlling the Spaceship in Virtual Reality

We'll send you VR phone holder and a link to the app that works with the VR headset and you'll be able to get a certain amount of time to control the satellite. 

$50 - 5 Minutes Controlling the Spaceship in Virtual Reality

We'll send you VR phone holder and a link to the app that works with the VR headset and you'll be able to get a certain amount of time to control the satellite.

$75 - 10 Minutes Controlling the Spaceship in Virtual Reality

We'll send you VR phone holder and a link to the app that works with the VR headset and you'll be able to get a certain amount of time to control the satellite.

$25 - Time Capsule - Get your video preserved in space to represent the human race!



$99 - Physical New Golden Record 


Get a collection of all the videos on the golden record on a framed DVD and also an emailed copy!

(Due to copyright reasons for the movies, books, and video games people are sending up there we'll only send you the approved sample of a book or a trailer of the movie in this file)

$25 - How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.

The spectacle defied reason, the result of a competition dreamed up by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, whose vision for a new race to space required small teams to do what only the world’s largest governments had done before.

Peter Diamandis was the son of hardworking immigrants who wanted their science prodigy to make the family proud and become a doctor. But from the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, his singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, Diamandis set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in an unlikely place: the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn’t the same be done for space flight? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt, is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. It is driven by outsized characters—Burt Rutan, Richard Branson, John Carmack, Paul Allen—and obsessive pursuits. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age.

$25 - Send your Favorite Movie to Space!

Put your favorite movie in space! That could be Star Wars, Star Trek, or even your own movie. It could be whatever you like!

$25 - Send Your Favorite Video Game to Space!

Put your favorite video game in space! That could be Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty, or your own video game. It could be whatever you like!

$25 - Send Your Favorite Song into Space!

Put your favorite song in space! That could be Starman, Starboy, or your own song. It could be whatever you like!

$25 - Send Your Favorite Book into Space!

Put your favorite book in space! That could be a Star Wars book, a Star Trek book, or your own book. It could be whatever you like!

$25 - Send Anything Digital to Space!

That could be a photo, an audio clip, a video, your first line of code. Anything digital you want to send up there, we'll do it!

$1 - Virtual Mission patch

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$25 - Project Da Vinci T-Shirt



Risks and challenges

We're working with a rocket company NASA chose themselves for this mission to launch this, so although the risk is low, there's always a chance something may go wrong with the rocket.

We've setup two different ways to communicate with the satellite from earth. Global Star (which is effectively using the internet to communicate with it) and radio. So if one of these ends up not working up there and we can't communicate, we have a backup.

We've calculated that shipping internationally will be free, but if any unexpected shipping fees come up, we will notify you and offer the option to pay those shipping fees or receive a full refund.

The people building the satellite, a company called Clydespace, has a record of successfully building many satellites for the European Space Agency and the United Kingdom Space Agency. They're a large company with dozens of employees who have a successful track record of building satellites. So we're extremely confident that things will work!

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    Your video, your speacial moment, will be preserved in space. A part of a global time capsule that represents the Human Race.

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    2. How to Make a Spaceship (book): A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

    3. A framed golden record of what's being stored on board the Time Capsule along with the data on the original golden record sent to space in the 70s.

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