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Our goal is high, and a win-win. You will not be charged for your pledge if we do not reach our funding goal, but if we do, then we are that much closer to getting rockets in Canada - and you just landed a sweet reward. That works well for everyone.

This is how we advertise for our supporters in a big way.
This is how we advertise for our supporters in a big way.

Our mission is to develop rockets (the first of their kind in Canada) to deliver small satellites into low Earth orbit, targeting members of the growing nano/microsatellite industry. Starting a rocket company is no easy task, but together, we all send Canada to space.

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Follow the development of a Canadian rocket company in tweets, posts and pictures - get engaged and share your passion for the project with us. We look forward to keeping you in the loop!

Twitter: @OpenSpaceOrbit

Facebook: facebook.com/OpenSpaceOrbital

Instagram: @openspaceorbital

Why is this important?  

A mission of this magnitude is influential on many levels, having an economic, technological and national impact. Economically speaking, it would provide a place of employment to some of Canada's greatest minds in the fields of science, engineering, planning, consulting, contracting, and others. Likewise, it would induce the development of spin-off business opportunities for structural development and component manufacturing, as well as innovative new satellites. Technologically, it would advance us closer to manned exploration, which is an inherent interest among most individuals as we advance toward interplanetary exploration efforts. On a national level, it places Canada within an industry in which many have benefited greatly, allowing us to capitalize on our wealth of domestic aerospace intellect and expertise, while also showing the world that we are willing to take risks and infiltrate new, highly innovative markets during these prominent years of space commercialization.

University Nanosat Launch Contest (UNLC):  

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Join Our University Nanosat Launch Contest - with Alain Berinstain

Starting Friday, August 8th, we will be offering the opportunity of a lifetime to universities that host student groups working on exciting nanosat projects. Running that Friday until the end of our campaign, we invite you to be the highest-pledging academic institution over the duration of our Kickstarter by first making the competition entrance pledge of $1,500.00 (made available that day) before capitalizing on as many of our excellent, academia-attractive rewards as possible. After each pledge made on behalf of your contending school, simply message us via this Kickstarter with your name, school and the amount pledged. It's that simple to get your nanosat into orbit. This current offer is specific to 1U, 2U and now 3U nanosat projects with capitalization taking place when Open Space Orbital Inc. has reached launch service-readiness, which is anticipated to occur in 2018. We thank you in advance for your interest and enthusiasm regarding the University Nanosat Launch Contest and hope this will stand as a stepping stone for future partnerships!

Join the University Nanosat Launch Contest today
Join the University Nanosat Launch Contest today

In the press.

CBC Canada
CBC Canada

"I strongly, strongly believe in the commercialization of space. I think it has unbelievable economic potential to, not only stimulate the Nova Scotian economy, but really make something of Canada — a country who hasn't launched anything into orbit in the past," -CBC News

SpaceRef
SpaceRef

"It might come as a surprise to most Canadians but Canada has never launched a rocket into orbit. [...] That could all change though if Open Space Orbital has its way." -SpaceRef

The Commercial Space Blog
The Commercial Space Blog

"Now, ordinary citizens, through crowd funding, can help shape our country's future in space. Perhaps Canadians, long since skilled at making the tools to understand space, will now also begin to build the mean to traverse it." -The Commercial Space Blog

How will the money be used?

A process of developing the Neutrino I rocket..
A process of developing the Neutrino I rocket..

Each use of the money we hope to fundraise has been carefully predetermined. Our goal is to place ourselves into contention to become Canada's first launch service provider. This crowdfunding effort will progress us in all areas of company development and move Open Space that much closer to investor-readiness - both commercial and governmental. Let's take a look at our Kickstarter budget, which we intend to execute over the six months following this campaign:

  • Prototype Development Project (PDP): Our first small rocket engine will be designed and assembled internal to Open Space and test key design concepts on a small scale. Outsourcing, particularly regarding the engine's nozzle, will be deferred to one of the Canada-based aerospace composite manufacturers competing for the contract. 
  • Preliminary Launch Vehicle Design: In partnership with Continuum Aerospace, a preliminary design of our first mission-ready launch vehicle (whose normal configuration will demonstrate a maximum payload capacity of 50 kg) will be completed and considered for our first full scale rocket. 
  • Business Development: Planning is important. In partnership with CFN Consultants (Atlantic), we will be performing strategic refinements to Open Space's business plan, concentrating primarily on tactical planning, funding requirements and communications strategies. The main objective of completing these refinements is to prepare Open Space for investment of any kind - commercial and governmental. 
  • Market Analysis: To gain an intellectual edge over international competitors, a Canada-specific market analysis will be completed by Rogue Thought Consulting, particularly Norman Deschamps, who received a Master's in microsatellite design before founding RGC. This report will detail the market's current status and future trends on a nation-specific basis, expected market and regulatory hurdles, the potential for new satellite manufacturing companies and universities to enter the industry alongside a low cost, domestic launch solution, and a survey of Canadian satellite manufacturers and academic/commercial aerospace programs pertaining to the impact that our solution would have on their goals and operations.

We thank you, a valued member of our team, for helping us complete these important milestones!

The time is now.

Let's get involved, Canada.
Let's get involved, Canada.

The future is full of small satellite development for purposes ranging from communications to Earth observation, remote sensing to military applications. That said, they are useless without the launchers that deliver them into space. We are intending to be the Canadian solution for members of this industry, particularly the nano/microsatellite sector.

Credit: SpaceWork Enterprises, Inc. (2014 Nano/Microsatellite Market Assessment)
Credit: SpaceWork Enterprises, Inc. (2014 Nano/Microsatellite Market Assessment)

Looking at the world in terms of successful and planned orbital launches, Canada doesn't fall into either category. In the modern day (and looking forward), expansion within the global space technology industry, particularly the launch sector, is an indicator of dominance, technological advancement, innovation, risk-taking ability and national interest in human space exploration. That said, Canada shouldn't envy those already demonstrating this capability, but strive to join the likes of these countries. We possess the knowledge and expertise - we must simply make it a financial priority.

Demographic: Countries by Confirmed Orbital Launch (Red) and Planned Orbital Launch (Green)
Demographic: Countries by Confirmed Orbital Launch (Red) and Planned Orbital Launch (Green)

Of the four main segments of the satellite industry, the launch sector experienced a triumphant rise in revenue of 35% in 2012 in comparison to those of the other three segments, being satellite services (5% growth), satellite manufacturing (23% growth), and ground equipment (4% growth). In that same year, 25 commercial payloads were placed into orbit, dominated by European and American launch service providers, while Canada accounted for none. Following 2012, 92 nano/microsatellites were launched in 2013, an increase of 269% over the previous year. The opportunity is there - it's time to open space in Canada.

Credit: SpaceWork Enterprises, Inc. (2014 Nano/Microsatellite Market Assessment)
Credit: SpaceWork Enterprises, Inc. (2014 Nano/Microsatellite Market Assessment)

Rewards and backers:

Backers of every tier are considered part of our team. In that sense, you're encouraged to e-mail info@openspaceorbital.com to receive full updates pertaining to our mission and Kickstarter! You'll remain in the loop with regards to the development of Canada's first orbital rockets and Open Space's innovative approach towards advancing the national space industry. We welcome you to the team, to the future of space exploration, and thank you very much for your support! Let's open space.

Our T-Shirt Reward Options!
Our T-Shirt Reward Options!

Note: All pledges above $15 also receive Rewards #1, #2 and #3!!

 

Risks and challenges

A Canadian entity has never successfully funded, designed, assembled and operated an orbital launch vehicle. That said, we are entering an era of maturity within the global space industry and the time is right for the excellent team at Open Space to collaborate in bringing new light to the national space sector, while also making a positive impact on the provincial and national economies.

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    Provide us a photo of yourself and we’ll feature it on our website, as well as the Open Space Instagram account with #IbroughtrocketstoCanada! Your fame in the space industry is just beginning - just send your photo to our e-mail. *Also includes Reward #1

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    Enter contention to name our first prototype engine! Using funds from this campaign, this will be Open Space’s first technological step towards launching Canada’s first orbital launch vehicle, testing key design concepts on a small scale – and it might have your name written all over it. *Random choice draw

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    Participate in an online Q&A video session with Open Space founder and CEO Tyler Reyno with other space enthusiasts like yourself! A minimum one-hour video conference, the session will be recorded and each participant will receive a digital copy.

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    Place your DNA in space – if you’d like a lock of your hair to enter space during an Open Space launch, this is the thing for you. Few people can say that a piece of them has left Earth.

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    Let’s have lunch! Join the Nova Scotia-based members of Open Space’s leadership team (former member of the Canadian senate, John Buchanan, established aerospace consultant, Tony Goode, and Open Space founder and CEO Tyler Reyno) along with seven (7) others for lunch at a Halifax-based restaurant and indulge in exciting conversation about our project.

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    Have your name written within the casing of our first launch vehicle – you know, the one that will be remembered as the first Canadian rocket to place a spacecraft into orbit? There’s no better way to become a part of space history! We’ll send you a personalized photo of your written name before things get explosive.

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    NEW: Package deal! Save a whopping $175 with this pledge and receive Rewards #10-#1, including your name written within the casing of our first launch vehicle, having your DNA sent to space, an online Q&A video session with Open Space, a limited edition t-shirt, contention to name our first prototype engine, personalized rocket-side footage of our first launch and more. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! *Excluding Reward #9

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    NEW: We've always planned to make a documentary about this exciting endeavor. If you can prove you're just as passionate as us with this pledge, we're going to showcase you in the film - expressing yourself in the industry, making your mark and sharing your belief in bringing rockets to Canada. *Includes Rewards #5-#1

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    Name our Halifax headquarters’ board room! This will be home to many meetings pertaining to strategic planning, engineering design, partnerships, corporate development, and much more as we grow – and you’ll be referenced each time the room is booked (with your logo above the door)!

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    Upon completion of our engineering facility, come take a look with three (3) friends or colleagues! You will be guided through an in-depth tour of our site and have the opportunity to meet the talented engineers at the forefront of Canada’s launch industry. Whether you’re a student group, engineering team or group of space enthusiasts, this will be a fantastic experience! *Travel accommodations not covered by Open Space

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    Academia Incentive: University Nanosat Launch Contest contention! Let us place your school's nanosat into orbit - for free! An offer not to be repeated - explore the UNLC segment of our Kickstarter page or website for complete competition details. We wish you the best of luck in having your student satellite delivered to space - where it belongs! Contention also leads to official recognition as an educational partner of Open Space's and prioritization of your school for future co-op placements.

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    Congrats! We’re proud to provide you and three (3) others special accommodations to the viewing of our first orbital launch attempt – this will include personalized viewing of the launch attempt with hospitality and custom photography to forever remember the up-close, in-person experience! You will live this historic moment like no other. Whether you’re a student group, engineering team or group of space enthusiasts, this will be quite an experience! *Travel accommodations not covered by Open Space

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    Personally join the Open Space team with three (3) friends or colleagues during the official countdown of our first launch! Hear the mission countdown up-close and personal from within mission control, seeing the making of Canadian space history like no other! Celebrate this momentous achievement with us. *Travel accommodations not covered by Open Space

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    Press the launch button – someone has to do it. Donate $8,000 and you will be the one to press the button that launches Canada’s first launch vehicle into Earth orbit, a national space technology milestone. Little more be said.

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