Slingatron: Building a Railroad To Space - has gone Live !!!!
To all of our incredible backers,
We are proud to announce that our new Kickstarter project, "SLINGATRON: Building a Railroad to Space", has just gone live on the Kickstarter... Read more
The Slingatron Technical Team
Listed below are the bios of the technical team that we have assembled for the upcoming Slingatron Kickstarter project. We have been carefully working out the details for the... Read more
Building a railroad to orbit for you!
HyperV Technologies Corp.'s first Kickstarter project, the E3P-1 thruster, addressed reducing the cost, and increasing the efficiency and the utility of in-orbit spacecraft propulsion. Our next Kickstarter project will also... Read more
Continued Thruster Development
I just wanted to give you an update on our continued work developing
the electric pulsed plasma propulsion (E3P) technology beyond the
successful conclusion of our first Kickstarter... Read more
Article on firing event and crowd funding space projects
Folks, Here is a link to an interesting article which mentions our E3P-1 thruster firing event and crowd funding of space projects: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2279/1 Best, Chris Faranetta
Video of E3P-1 Firing Event
As promised, here is a link to a full video of the E3P-1 prototype thruster firing event recorded March 28, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i99P6Kgzqw4
In the video, the strobe effect of the thruster flash is... Read more
Firing Event Success!
Firing event success! We just ran the E3P-1 thruster for 92.5 seconds at 5 Hz with an input power of 2.3 kW and an Isp of 2,000-2,800 seconds exceeding all... Read more
"Hot" Fire Tests
We have achieved a lot since our last update, "dialing in" the gas switches and proving we can sustain longer periods of repetitive thruster firing. During these longer thruster tests,... Read more
New Power Supply is Operational
Our high output power supply has been successfully modified for remote operation and connected to the E3P-1 thruster. We are now conducting high performance thruster firing tests on the vacuum chamber test... Read more
HyperV E3P-1 Thruster Firing Event Date
As promised at the launch of our Kickstarter Project, we have set a date to attempt our final laboratory performance goal for the Electric Pulsed Plasma Propulsion (E3P-1) thruster.... Read more
Increasing the testing envelope
We have seen modest but significant progress with thruster testing over the past two weeks. Our maximum thruster firing run time has increased from 1.2 seconds to seven seconds, and... Read more
Backer Rewards Update
Here is an update on the shipping of all Backer Rewards to our
Thruster Project Backers.
As of yesterday all rewards from the $10 through $100
levels have... Read more
5 Hz Firing Test Successful
Experimentation this week (and last) focused on demonstrating repetitive operation of the E3P-0 thruster prototype at 5 Hz for a short duration. We successfully operated the thruster in burst mode... Read more
Thruster E3P-0 update with short video
Last week at HyperV Technologies Corp, progress was our watchword. The 5 Hz controller circuit board is now populated with components and has passed the first round of bench tests. The... Read more
Backer rewards status report for plasma jet thruster project
Here is a status report on the shipping of backer rewards:
- All $10.00 level rewards have shipped to backers who responded to the address survey by 01/10/13.
- All... Read more
The plasma and the pendulum
We have installed the latest lightweight ballistic pendulum in the vacuum chamber (see photo below).This is in preparation to take measurements of the mass of ejected plasma from the thruster.... Read more
Design & testing for the first week of the year
It has been a short but eventful week here in the lab. We have begun
design work on the circuitry to allow our Arduino board to control the
thruster experiment... Read more
First successful test firings of EP3-0 series!
Season's Greetings to All !!
We are glad to announce that on Friday, December 21, HyperV successfully test fired the single shot thruster test fixture designated the E3P-0A. This is... Read more
Backer Rewards Souvenirs Report (with photos)
Here is a brief update on the souvenirs in our project rewards:
1. Thank you certificate (see image below):Designed, now typing in everyone's names (ugh), plan to have them... Read more
First thruster parts
Construction continued this past week on a preliminary single shot plasma thruster for the first round of testing. Our shop was yet again a maelstrom of activity, from which plasma... Read more
Thank you for bringing the spelling error on the emblem to my attention. I have attached the corrected version below.
Project Emblem and T-Shirt Art Explained
I just wanted to provide you with a first look at the final artwork for
the E3P-1 project embroidered emblem, project sticker and t-shirt. These items are now in... Read more
Vacuum chamber reassembled and under vacuum again.
We have reassembled the vacuum chamber and placed it back under vacuum, ready for testing when we get the first test thruster ready. The pictures below are before,... Read more
Two New Interns for E3P-1 Thruster Project !!
One unexpected really cool result of the E3P-1 Kickstarter project was that we were approached by two project backers who were also electrical engineering students from nearby George... Read more
We have a name for the thruster !
Hi everybody - we have a name for the project approved by our $10K backer !!
Electric Pulsed Plasma Propulsion, or E3P.
The first unit in the series, which will... Read more
Andrew at work on gas valve
The small solenoid gas valve we ordered yesterday from McMaster-Carr arrived this morning. Andrew is already at work breadboarding a drive circuit and control system to test it. McMaster is... Read more
Project activities starting up
A quick update on various activites.
We had a technical planning meeting on Tuesday, reviewing the technical issues and needed tasks and assignments. See attached picture below (L to R... Read more
As promised, in addition to the Kickstarter project website, we will
also be providing updates through these social media outlets :
We Made It - Success!! Thank You All !!
It's official - the project was successfully funded a few minutes ago!!
From the very grateful team at HyperV........
THANK YOU !!!!
Doug Witherspoon, Chris Faranetta, Andrew Case,... Read more
We Just Made Our Goal - But Still 19 hours to go!!
We want to thank all of you, our incredible backers, whether you've been supporting us from the beginning or just within the last few days! We are glad... Read more
So very close!
I just wanted to say to all our backers - thank you very much for your
support of our plasma thruster project!! We only have about $16,000 left to... Read more
We've got another image sequence for you. So remember all the great footage of plasma accelerators being loaded and unloaded from our big vacuum chamber, well one of... Read more
Plasma Injector Movies
I promised more so here we go ...
Remember how we said this plasma accelerator technology is low cost and scalable? Well, that means we could deploy several... Read more
Plasma Accelerator Nozzle Test
Let's talk diagnostics. You've seen the Nikon images, and we have some more coming. But we also have a mega-pixel ICCD fast framing camera. This camera can be... Read more
45kJ Plasma Accelerator Test
So here's some more neat facts. The plasma accelerator shown in our video is one of our Mark 2 high power designs, currently under test. We re-cut the the pendulum... Read more
Interstellar travel is really, really, really difficult
You may have seen the announcement in the press the day before yesterday about an
Earth sized planet orbiting one of our closest stars, Alpha Centauri B, which... Read more
We are a staff pick!
I just wanted to let you know that the staff of Kickstarter has selected our plasma thruster project as a "Staff Pick" for the Technology section. I also wanted to... Read more
Four jet plasma implosion
Talk about hot rocks, we can make diamonds out of plasma! Actually this is what a four jet plasma implosion looks like in our octagon vacuum chamber.
FAQ and technical goals additions
This is just to let you know that we have added to the FAQs and technical goals located on the bottom of our project front page.
Thruster efficiency question
Here is another technical question and answer set, that deals with the overall efficiency of the thruster:
From F. Douglas Witherspoon Ph.D.
You give numbers for specific impulse... Read more
Thruster performance & propellent questions
Here are two questions regarding specific impulse (Isp) and propellant. The answer are from F. Douglas Witherspoon Ph.D.
You say you'll achieve a specific impulse of 2000... Read more
Photo of six plasma jets firing
Hi folks, I just wanted to share this image with everyone. It is one of
the first images showing six of our plasma jets, three on each side of the... Read more
Kickstarter Kick off and kicked out of the testing area
Hello we just went live an hour ago!
A few minutes ago I went back near the high voltage testing bay and noticed that the screen room door and test... Read more