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Starship Congress is the first-ever summit of the world's interstellar space science organizations and advocates.

UPDATE #9 DAEDALUS:: HOME
$15k MINI-STRETCH GOAL POWER-UP 

The bridge was busy.

Deep space navigation corrections, engine heat rejection imbalances and faint remote signals required constant attention. I was standing in front of my station. The panel of instruments was familiar to me. I got to work programming a deep survey scan using a recursive heuristic algorithm and a cross-correlation filter on the distant signal.

It was taking a long time to resolve. The science officer rushed in and attached a circuit board to my panel - a prototype AI analog signal scanner she had been working on for months. The screen rescaled, normalized. A sequence resolved. There was something there.A pattern.

A team was being assembled for an away mission. The commander seemed nervous… we were called into the situation room...

When I woke, I was no longer on the USS Daedalus. The logic of my algorithm still rang true, resonating with the familiar conviction of dream state achievements. I wished there was a way to write it down somehow. 

Breath came with difficulty. I was angry. My heart pounded... inspired... eager... ready... Endorphins rushed through my body... physical evidence of dedication for INTERSTELLAR EXPLORATION. 

I reached over to my tricorder / communications device / research library and pressed hard on the HOME button:

“ENGAGE”

Custom Daedalus:: Home button. Reserved for Interstellar Engineers ONLY!
Custom Daedalus:: Home button. Reserved for Interstellar Engineers ONLY!

This special award will be added to all pledges if we reach $15k.

Limited Edition - ONLY 500 WILL EVER BE MADE

PRO TIP: Manage and Adjust your current Pledge to help reach this goal.

Compatible with iPhone/iPod/iPad, this Interstellar Grade iPhone Home Button is manufactured in the U.S. with very high quality, a smooth dome shape and a 3M adhesive that leaves no residue when removed. (Our manufacturer is perfered by Starbucks, Under Armour, BMW and other major brands.)

UPDATE #8
FINAL CAMPAIGN GOAL 

"Are you the Kwisatz Haderach?"

As you know our Kickstarter campaign has succeeded! And yet...
...there is still the role of the 1st Kwisatz Haderach of Starship Congress!

"For She/He IS the Kwisatz Haderach!" [OF COURSE the Kwitsatz Haderach is non-gender specific—you just have to come up with the moola!!]
"For She/He IS the Kwisatz Haderach!" [OF COURSE the Kwitsatz Haderach is non-gender specific—you just have to come up with the moola!!]

From the $3000 rewards tier:
"You are the Kwisatz Haderach! With great power comes great responsibility—you will Call to Order and address the very first Starship Congress. Plus two (2) $600 reward packages for a total of four (4) registrations with all the accompanying goodies. Your participation will get full-coverage on Icarus Interstellar website and full-page recognition in official Starship Congress program. You will have personalized attention and increased access throughout the 4-day event, including one-on-one access to directors of Icarus Interstellar and Starship Congress. Lastly, your immortality will be assured—you will record a special greeting for the DVD edition of Starship Congress 2013."

...WOW! Does that sound great OR WHAT??!

"There can be only one!" (Oops mixed-metaphor but you get the idea.)
"There can be only one!" (Oops mixed-metaphor but you get the idea.)

The 1st Kwisatz Haderach of the first-ever Starship Congress
This is a genuine role. Is it YOU? Is it someone you know? That's right, you may know the Kwisatz Haderach! You may know of the woman or man [Kwisatz Haderach is an equal-opportunity opportunity] who finds the chance to address and be acknowledged by the amassed interstellar space exploration and science community to be of fantastic value.

For our part, Icarus Interstellar will insure the Kwisatz Haderach to have wide access to speakers, directors, and all present. Naturally, as this is a ceremonial role, with it comes responsibilities—such as relative sanity and if not decorum at least a good sense of humor.

Imaginably a successful candidate for Kwisatz Haderach is someone who can make use of the associated long-term notoriety and self-aggrandizing reach of this role to further their own agenda—while having fun with a measured grain of salt.

It would be appropriate for someone who is 1) widely-known or 2) relatively unknown, either of which will obviously benefit from the publicity and exposure.

And talk about publicity! YOU ARE THE KWISATZ HADERACH! The money of course goes to benefit Icarus Interstellar. Even better: As Icarus Interstellar is a non-profit, the entire contribution is tax-deductible. That means even more WOOT for your loot!

To our Kickstarter supporters, please feel free to suggest a candidate for 1st Kwisatz Haderach—or forward this information to someone you believe may be a candidate for the role.

The 1st Kwisatz Haderach of Starship Congress.
It's good work if you can get it. 

UPDATE #7
WE DID IT!! CAMPAIGN FUNDED!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone, go get astronaut ice cream: WE DID IT! Together WE DID IT!!! WOWOWOWOWOWOW!! Omg OMG OMGOOGLE! YES YES YES YES...

OK OK we're cool—breathing breathing—read on below.

Official limited-edition, first-ever BUILD A STARSHIP Starship Congress 2013 commemorative poster! (Check out the Kubrick-esque design. Nice, huh?)
Official limited-edition, first-ever BUILD A STARSHIP Starship Congress 2013 commemorative poster! (Check out the Kubrick-esque design. Nice, huh?)

So in honor of this success, we created a new $20 POSTER category.

See the BUILD A STARSHIP/ Starship Congress 2013 poster above? These are full color, offset printed, BIG (2' x 3' big) ...and there are only 500 ever. These posters are the actual posters to be available exclusively at Starship Congress. We love you all THAT much!

AND DID WE MENTION HOW AWESOME OUR CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS ARE???
BECAUSE YOU ARE!!

UPDATE #6 
DAVID BRIN ENDORSEMENT!!!

pictured: David Brin, sci-fi god, flanked by David G. Hartwell and Larry Niven (David's left) at recent UCSD Starship Century conference. [photo-Paul Pomes]
pictured: David Brin, sci-fi god, flanked by David G. Hartwell and Larry Niven (David's left) at recent UCSD Starship Century conference. [photo-Paul Pomes]

UPDATE #5
Space.com's Starship Congress story made NBC NEWS!UPDATE #7

NBC News Science—this is better than CNN!
NBC News Science—this is better than CNN!

UPDATE #4
Starship Congress got front-page Top Stories on Space.com! Thank you Space.com's Mike Wall and Clara Moskowitz for your support—we're walking on air over here and it's not the gravity units! 

FRONT PAGE NEWS—Starship Congress makes it to Space(dotcom)!
FRONT PAGE NEWS—Starship Congress makes it to Space(dotcom)!

UPDATE #3 
OMGoogle! Our 3rd update is fantastic as well! First news: our Kickstarter campaign has broke the $4k mark! WOOHOO!!!! Next: Starship Congress is unbelievably privileged and pleased to announce the addition of Keynote Speaker (and TED Fellow) Dr Rachel Armstrong! Dr Armstrong will be discussing Project Persephone and the development of materials for spacecraft which—wait for it—have the characteristic of living creatures. Walls that "heal" their own breaches, trusses which communicate pressure loads, worldships that grow! YES! Now THIS is the stuff the future is made of!

Dr. Rachel Armstrong practicing SCIENCE! aboard a (presently) more conventional ship.
Dr. Rachel Armstrong practicing SCIENCE! aboard a (presently) more conventional ship.

UPDATE #2: 
We've had a lot of inquiries about our "BUILD A STAR SHIP" wristbands—and stickers and tshirts—and yes they are really, really awesome. How awesome? Good question! So here's a photograph of [science fiction god] David Brin snapped by photographer Paul Polmes at last month's Starship Century conference held at UCSD's Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.

Look closely at his right wrist.

If it's cool enough for David Brin then it should be ok for the rest of us.
If it's cool enough for David Brin then it should be ok for the rest of us.

UPDATE #1:
Hold onto your space helmets—NASA Eagleworks scientist Dr Harold "Sonny" White is delivering a Keynote speech update on quantum field mechanics—that's right, we are talking actual warp speed space travel research by NASA!

Dr Harold "Sonny" White holding SCIENCE!
Dr Harold "Sonny" White holding SCIENCE!

Starship Congress. First, some background.

What is Icarus Interstellar?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our rewards are made up of stuff that we would want ourselves. That's no accident—Icarus Interstellar is made up of professional scientists, physicists, engineers, researchers, futurists, artists, writers, and content creators, all of whom started as fans. We are still fans. Space and science are the fields we all love. So our rewards are designed to appeal to 1) people who are currently professionals and 2) people who want to work with space professionals and become space professionals theirselves. Also, we’ve created a lot of rewards under $100 -  more than some Kickstarter campaigns use as their complete rewards list. We did this on purpose, too.*

Please scan our reward levels—even if you can’t afford to commit at the higher price points. We’re doing some pretty interesting stuff we’d like you to know about; some of which is only described in the rewards list. 

Maybe you know someone at work, or school, or a relative, who might want to get involved? We’d appreciate their support as well as yours.

First, Project Daedalus
“On the basis of a slight assumption I have undertaken a dangerous journey, and I already see the promontories of new lands. Those people who have the resolution to set forth on this undertaking will enter these lands and have the pleasure of designating them with their very own names.”
- Immanuel Kant, Universal Natural History and Theory of Heaven, 1755, and introduction to Project Daedalus study.

“[This author] defers to no one in admiration of Project Daedalus, the 1970s-era starship design that emerged from the British Interplanetary Society.”
- Paul Gilster, Centauri Dreams, 2006

Daedalus Space Probe took audacious human spirit to a whole new level (illus. Adrian Mann)
Daedalus Space Probe took audacious human spirit to a whole new level (illus. Adrian Mann)
Blueprint for the future (schematic design: Nathan Fowkes)
Blueprint for the future (schematic design: Nathan Fowkes)


Once upon a time—in the history of interstellar space exploration—there was a 1973-1978 study called Project Daedalus. Funded by the highly-regarded, well-established, scientist-funded British Interplanetary Society (BIS), Project Daedalus was the first sincere human effort to conceive of a spacecraft capable of interstellar travel. Having got a taste for the stars by way of humankind's making it on to the moon, scientists in the BIS of the day were more than ready for more. Thus was born Project Daedalus, it's goal, "to design a plausible interstellar unmanned spacecraft that could reach a nearby star within one human scientist's working lifetime." The conclusion of the study? Interstellar space exploration was feasible but the cost made it out of reach. That was 1978. One of the most lasting contributions of the study were these three precepts:

  • The spacecraft must use current or near-current technology.
  • The spacecraft must reach its destination within a human lifetime.
  • The spacecraft must be designed to allow for a variety of targets stars.


And, of course, the Daedalus: a 54k-tonne two-stage spacecraft to be powered by inertial confinement fusion using electron beams to compress D/He3 fusion capsules to ignition. It would obtain an eventual cruise velocity of 36,000 km/s (or 12% the speed of light) from over 700kN of thrust, burning at a specific impulse of 1 million seconds, reaching its interstellar destination in approximately 50 years.

Rocket Science—Daedalus space probe, humankind's first scientifically-sound model of an interstellar spacecraft (illus. Adrian Mann)
Rocket Science—Daedalus space probe, humankind's first scientifically-sound model of an interstellar spacecraft (illus. Adrian Mann)

Next up, Project Icarus
Project Icarus: Son of Daedalus – flying closer to another star"— was the full name of the 2009 study commissioned by BIS and Tau Zero Foundation which revisited the Daedalus design study after 30 years of scientific and technological advances. Led by aerospace engineer Dr Kelvin Long, like Daedalus, Project Icarus had its own guidelines, including:

  • To design a credible interstellar probe that is a concept design for a potential mission this century;
  • To all a direct technology comparison with Daedalus and provide an assesment of the maturity of fusion-based space propulsion for future precursor missions;
  • To generate greater interest in the real term prospects for interstellar precursor missions;
  • To motivate a new generation of scientists to be interested in designing space missions that go beyond our solar system. [our emphasis]


And a new spacecraft:

Icarus "Mark Series" spacecraft prototype, showing work in progress.
Icarus "Mark Series" spacecraft prototype, showing work in progress.


Armed with new appreciation for the earlier-collected Daedalus data, juxatoposed upon the extraordinary and unforeseen scientific breakthroughs of the 30-years since the first study by new eyes, a realization suddenly came into focus:

We are now capable of engineering an interstellar accomplishment.

And here is where it gets really, really good.

Icarus Interstellar—the rubber meets the road (so to speak).
Armed with this revelation, three Project Icarus leaders—Dr Long, and Dr Andreas Tziolas and Dr Richard Obousy—went forth and formed a new organization, Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit tasked with a single ambitious goal:

To Build a Starship.

Somewhere between science fiction and science fact, humankind gets to the stars ("Daedalus-class" Star Trek/starship illus. Sean Robertson)
Somewhere between science fiction and science fact, humankind gets to the stars ("Daedalus-class" Star Trek/starship illus. Sean Robertson)

In the two years since it's formation on 2011, Icarus Interstellar has become one of the most galvanizing voluntary space science organizations on the planet.

What started as three individuals now numbers over 100—made up of scientists, researchers, academia, physicists, thinkers, engineers, artists, as well as other specialists from a variety of relevant fields: architects, writers, marketers, designers, organizers, and most importantly educators. Members of the many teams and divisions which make up Icarus Interstellar are known as "icarii", and it is a title members where with pride. In the time since its foundation, Icarus Interstellar has become the largest interstellar science organization on the planet. Dedicated to a single goal—building a starship—Icarus Interstellar shares resources and goals with Tau Zero Foundation, SpaceGAMBIT and Dr Long's newly-minted Institute for Interstellar Studies (I4IS).

Icarus orbital construction ring prototype design, with resupply from Skylon single stage to orbit spacecraft by Reaction Engines (RE) [Did you know the founder of RE was also the Leader of Project Daedalus?]
Icarus orbital construction ring prototype design, with resupply from Skylon single stage to orbit spacecraft by Reaction Engines (RE) [Did you know the founder of RE was also the Leader of Project Daedalus?]

With the enormous interest and growth in interstellar science, along with the supporting organizations, Icarus Interstellar is proud to introduce Starship Congress, "the first-ever summit of the world's interstellar space science organizations and advocates".

As a volunteer organization, we have made enormous progress in mounting this summit. 

The bottom line: STARSHIP CONGRESS
Imagine
 collectively experiencing the progressive thoughts and unencumbered designs of the world's leading spacecraft designers, engineers, and astro-theorists. Picture for a moment, attending a forum where scientists, physicists, engineers, researchers, urban designers, representatives from international space programs and present-day commercial space operators, as well as popular and well-known interstellar speakers and space journalists share their visions for how the future of spaceflight and interstellar exploration is to unfold.

This is the vision behind Starship Congress, to be held August 15-18, 2013, at the Anatole Hilton Conference Center, Dallas, TX. The aim of Starship Congress is to bring together the interstellar community to foster discussion surrounding the development of deep space exploration within the next several decades, and how we may better move humanity toward becoming an interstellar civilization.

Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving interstellar spaceflight by the end of the century, will facilitate such a forum as a means for allowing individuals to present and share knowledge and ideas among colleagues within the space exploration community. As an organization run by volunteers, Icarus Interstellar is reaching out to space enthusiasts and supporters to assist in funding this important event, which will incur significant expenses pertaining to venue rental, A/V technical requirements, live streaming of the conference, featured guest speaker travel procurement, and outreach.

Your help, by means of a donation and/or ticket purchase, will enable us to do cooler stuff and fly out students and have The Greatest First-Ever Summit of International Interstellar Space Explorations Organizations and Advocates ever! AND your backing Starship Congress will actually serve to advance human spaceflight within and beyond our solar system, perhaps one day giving rise to an interstellar human presence. Public support is how truly great advancements in spaceflight are born, as the ability to explore outer space is an opportunity that, in some way or another, must be extended to everyone.

Even a $20 contribution** will help towards our fundraising goal.  A little more, and your name will be acknowledged during the event with our most sincere gratitude.  Check the rewards, they are pretty solid.

(Interested in becoming an OFFICIAL SPONSOR of the 2013 Starship Congress? See the upper tier rewards offers.)

* Completely borrowed—with acknowledment—from LiftPort Group's successful Kickstarter campaign. (Thanks, Austin Kleon!)

** "The Mug". See $20 reward, true believer!

EXCELLENT REWARDS
Take a look at the exciting rewards we're offering. Besides admission to Starship Congress, you can claim DVDs of the entire event's proceedings—and credit as a Founding Supporter too! Also, we are offering signed copies of James & Greg Benford's Starship Century.

Signed by editor/authors James & Gregory Benford, Starship Century anthology is like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the NEXT Galaxy"!
Signed by editor/authors James & Gregory Benford, Starship Century anthology is like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the NEXT Galaxy"!


The BUILD A STAR SHIP wristbands are 100% guaranteed conversation starters. Back an interstellar space exploration summit and get a wristband that practically radiates geek cred! What's not to like?

The power of AWESOME is doubled when you wear your BUILD A STAR SHIP wristbands on both wrists!
The power of AWESOME is doubled when you wear your BUILD A STAR SHIP wristbands on both wrists!


For supporters who want something to display your authoritative "I was interstellar before interstellar was strictly speaking feasible" credibility, what says outlier better than the Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge?

Wearing an Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge is like being a Blue Blaze Irregular ...for realz!
Wearing an Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge is like being a Blue Blaze Irregular ...for realz!

And then there's ...The Mug.

Looks cool but normal, right? Who would ever suspect for one second that it is actually the MAPOTEC (see $20 reward)??
Looks cool but normal, right? Who would ever suspect for one second that it is actually the MAPOTEC (see $20 reward)??

Alright, there you have it! From everyone at Icarus Interstellar, thank you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Associated risks are minimal, as the Starship Congress is taking place in mid-August in Dallas, TX. Reaching our fund-raising goal only insures that this technical summit is properly marketed, documented, and presented. Icarus Interstellar wishes to make as much knowledge surrounding interstellar spaceflight and exploration as publicly available as possible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As Icarus Interstellar is a non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.

FAQ

  • Backers who pledge $100 or more will receive at least one ticket to the event. The normal public ticket price, to help fund the event, is $100. We highly recommend purchasing your ticket though the limited time offer of this Kickstarter campaign as you will also receive donor credit, Starship Congress merchandise, and will ultimately help us meet our fundraising goal. Thank you!

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    $5 NEW REWARD—We will mail you the genuine Starship Congress 2013 "BUILD A STAR SHIP" sticker—that's worth $5! It's actually worth more but we want everyone to have the opportunity to be able to take part in making interstellar exploration a reality–and Starship Congress as well! If you can only eek out $5 to support the future of humankind then we are honored and grateful to accept your support.

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    Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge. For those of us who have yet to receive their Blue Blaze Irregular team badge, the Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge is the exact same thing—only different! (See photo). Wearing this lapel badge does not necessarily mean that you will be called upon to fight crime syndicates or save the planet ...but it might! YOU NEVER KNOW! Plus: We send along the BUILD A STAR SHIP wristband and the B.A.S.S. sticker as well. Woot indeed!

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    $20 NEW REWARD—WE HAVE LIFT OFF! Kickstarter campaign funded. As a thank you, we are making available the special limited-edition official Starship Congress 2013 poster. (See "Update #7.) Designed by Miami-based ultra-modern design firm Wodu Media and featuring the artwork of space art maestro Adrian Mann, offset printed on heavy-gauge poster stock, we will NOT reprint these posters after this special run. Why not, you ask? Because we like the special limited-edition stuff JUST LIKE YOU! Starship Congress 2013 poster will be in a run of 1000, with approximately half being used for promotional tools for Dallas-area schools, clubs, and maker-labs to encourage interest in interstellar space science. Meaning, there is and always will be JUST 500 posters available. Since you were in the right place, at the right time (ie Here and Now) you can get one. In other words, it's like time travel but in reverse—pledge $30 and get a Starship Congress 2013 poster to bring with you to the future ...WHERE YOU IS WAITING. Remember: your future self is depending on you to make the right decision! (To help you along in the journey, we are mailing these amazing offset press posters in sturdy cardboard tubes. Of course we are! After all, we are in this together.) Additional details? Got 'em! This is a BIG poster, 2-foott x 3-foot big. It's full-color. There is a white border around the edge as it is designed for framing. Lastly, just imagine how much this is going to be worth after Icarus Interstellar builds a starship! WOW! Heck the tube and shipping alone are worth $10. Plus the very-subtle-yet-oh-so-lovely design homage to Stanley Kubrick's 2001. Wow. Our way of saying, YOU ARE AWESOME SO LET'S BUILD A STARSHIP to all of our supporters.

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    $20 NEW REWARD—"The Mug". Imagine for an instant that Everything Always Works Out—even contrary to appearances to the otherwise. Now imagine that from this perfect place in time & space that everyone There are "pro-spiring" to make sure that YOU SUCCEED. Yet in order to make that happen a fantastic signaling device had to created, something innocuous in appearance, something that goes by completely unsuspected but is in fact the Most Advanced Piece of Technology Ever Created (MAPOTEC). The trick for this Merry Dimensional Reconnaissance Team of yours, the fantastic protectors dedicated to reaching you Here, was getting said MAPOTEC device into your possession. What better way to do this then but to create "a $20 Kickstarter reward for backing a summit of [wink as good as a nudge] interstellar space scientists" that was—for all intents and purposes—a coffee mug? That's right: a Project Icarus coffee mug. Who would ever guess that such a practical vessel, something that works as well for tea or juice as it does for coffee, was in fact the MAPOTEC which enabled Everything To Always Work Out even contrary to appearances to the otherwise? Talk about the best $20 you ever spent! To keep up appearances and insure you make the right decision here, The Mug arrives with a Starship Congress B.A.S.S wristband and sticker. Bazinga, reality, or what!

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    $25 NEW REWARD! We call this one "To infinity ...and beyond!" $25 supporters get three (3) Starship Congress 2013 "BUILD A STAR SHIP" stickers, three (3) "BUILD A STAR SHIP" wristbands, and your name on the official Starship Congress 2013 supporter webpage and listed in the event's program. You get schwag! You get fame! What's not to like?

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    Thank you for your support! In addition to the rewards associated with previous donation tiers, backers who pledge $25 or more will receive: Donor recognition during the Starship Congress. Donor recognition printed within the Congress Proceedings journal, published after the event.

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    I JUST WANT THE TSHIRT—this level is for you. You know what you want and you want it now: You get the well-designed, amazing to behold, Kubrick-esque Starship Congress BUILD A STAR SHIP t-shirt ...and that's all! You don't need stickers (okay so we'll probably send a sticker) you don't need wristbands, you just want a t-shirt and that's what you're getting. And maybe a sticker.

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    "Doing my post-grad work" package. Ah we all know the trials and tribulations of doing our post-grad so do we have a package for you! We know you need clothes, so you get the BUILD A STAR SHIP t-shirt. We know you need fashion help, so you get the BUILD A STAR SHIP wristband. We know you need decor, so you get the BUILD A STAR SHIP sticker. And we know you need food, so in addition to all of the above we are sending you 2 packs of delicious Ramen. Plus we are even going to include a custom-packaged Starship Congress energy drink so you can pretend you're at a party. We'll even send you a personal email saying "Wassup!" for a semblance of a real social life. Think of this package of a friendly reminder of why you got into your field and a supportive way of telling yourself you won't always be broke. Which may or may not be true BUT YOU'LL HAVE THE TSHIRT!

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    Thank you for your support! In addition to the rewards associated with previous donation tiers, backers who pledge $50 or more will receive: Multiple "Build a Starship" Wristbands. Multiple Starship Congress Stickers.

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    SCIENCE MEETS FICTION reward. Unlock this reward for a signed copy of science-fiction writer and scientist brothers Gregory Benford and James Benford's latest exclusive volume, Starship Century. This book was released at the brother's Starship Century conference at UCSD's newly-opened Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in May of 2013. It is set to be officially released later this year and is self-published with new works by David Brin, Stephen Hawking, Allen Steele, Nancy Kress, Adam Crowl, Ian Crawford, Neal Stephenson, Paul Davies, Robert Zubrin and of course Gregory and James Benford. (Yes it's a big book.) And for $50 it's yours, sealed, signed and delivered!

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    $60 NEW REWARD: Starship Congress t-shirt package! That's right, $60 is t-shirt level. You get the exclusive Starship Congress 2013 "BUILD A STAR SHIP" t-shirt. Plus the "B.A.S.S" stickers. And the "B.A.S.S" wristbands. As well as the fame of having your name (plus group affiliation) on Starship Congress' website ...and the knowledge that YOU are doing your part to bring about the Singularity, one fantastic t-shirt rewards package at a time!

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    $77! That's right, as in 1977—in honor of the year film director George Lucas changed the way we look at everything, Right? Wrong! Sort of. We actually price this reward at $77 in honor of (lesser known but equally awesome) epic film "5-25-77", film director Patrick Read Johnson's fanboy ode to all of our love of great science-fiction movies. For fans of interstellar sci-fi films—and who amongst our order of scientists and fantastic thinkers can claim to be otherwise?—1977 is like the Godhead. Hinted at by Kubrick, perfected by Spielberg, '77 changed our lives and pretty much the entire world for the rest of time. "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away", '77 was the summer of love for geeks and nerds. With this in mind, $77 backers of Starship Congress will with receive the BUILD A STAR SHIP t-shirt, three (3) B.A.S.S. wristbands, (3) B.A.S.S. stickers, the Icarus Interstellar MAPOTEC (see $20 reward) Mug, the Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badge, AND ...get ready... a 8"x11" photo of all the Icarus Interstellar Directors, SIGNED by all the directors present at the first-ever Starship Congress. In honor of everyone who knows what it's like to love something so much you're willing to risk putting yourself out there all the way in order to achieve those dreams—even if they are really in the stars ie Patrick Read Johnson's "5-25-77". Geek on, sister and brother space science fanatics, the $77 reward is for you!

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    ALMOST TEA! Can't make Starship Congress but wouldn't miss it for the world? Right! Have we got a deal for you—it's the DVD of the entire Starship Congress proceedings! Presentations, unexpected moments, and the very first session of Starship Congress being called to order. And to sweeten the deal, we'll list your actual name in the DVD credits as a "Founding Sponsor of Starship Congress". Brilliant! To paraphrase Douglas Adams, it is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike being there!

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    $100 Registration to Starship Congress 2013. An interstellar summit is where you belong, you are definitely coming and you are excited to participate and to support interstellar space exploration—but you don't need more stuff. (HOWEVER if you DO need schwag, you need to check out the $150 Starship Congress rewards package...)

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    Thank you for your support! In addition to the rewards associated with previous donation tiers, backers who pledge $100 or more will receive: One (1) admission ticket to the Starship Conference, held in Dallas, TX, August 15-18, 2013.

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    $150 NEW REWARD! Starship Congress Express package. Registration to Starship Congress, the Starship Congress/BUILD A STAR SHIP t-shirt, three (3) "B.A.S.S" stickers, three (3) "B.A.S.S" wristbands, and acknowledgement on Starship Congress website (with affiliation) and in the event program. WOOT!

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    $250 NEW REWARD you want more?? We have it! Introducing Starship Congress Platinum Express Multipass registration package. As a Platinum Express Multipass Registration card holder, you get: Behind the scenes access to Presenters at Starship Congress with a special METALLIC STARSHIP CONGRESS BADGE and a signed copy of Gregory and James Benford's awesome new Starship Century anthology. But wait there's more! We will have a special event specifically for Platinum Express-level supporters. What's it going to be? You'll have to trust us–and don't worry you know it'll be awesome because we want to make sure you tweet about it during the Congress. You want more?? OK! You'll get extra schwag at Starship Congress plus ALL the other support package rewards too.

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    Thank you for your support! In addition to the rewards associated with previous donation tiers, backers who pledge $300 or more will receive: Two (2) admission ticket to the Starship Conference, held in Dallas, TX, August 15-18, 2013. Free signed copy of Jim and Gregory Benford's new book, 'Starship Century,' containing articles exploring and explaining space travel through the writings of leading scientists.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    $600 NEW REWARD—two (2) Starship Congress Platinum Express Multipass registration packages including four (4) "B.A.S.S" t-shirts, twelve (12) "B.A.S.S" stickers and wristbands, two (2) signed copies of Starship Century, two (2) name and affiliation shout-outs on website and in program, the special METALLIC Starship Congress attendee badges (plus entrance to special event and heightened access) and two (2) DVDs of all the Starship Congress presentations. Plus a nice fat schwag bag of science goodies at Starship Congress.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    STERNMETAL HORIZONS enterprise sponsorship level—"Fledgling corp? Just starting out in the asteroid mining/ space manufacturing business? Looking to make it big?" THIS IS FOR YOU! Full-page in Starship Congress program, display table in main event lobby, four (4) Express Package registrations, listing as Founding Enterprise Sponsor with logo in DVD credits, listing on Icarus Interstellar website with attendees names and company url hotlink, four (4) MAPOTEC coffee mugs, two (2) Starship Congress DVDs. BUILD A STARSHIP wristbands and sticker pack. Banner placement. Four (4) Icarus Interstellar Team lapel badges. Four (4) B.A.S.S. tshirts. Photo with Directors of Icarus Interstellar and Starship Congress. Public announcement of support at the convening of Starship Congress. As well as the historical note of being one of four enterprise sponsors of the first-ever Starship Congress. Supporting interstellar science and interstellar exploration—what a great way to make future history!

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    You are the Kwisatz Haderach! With great power comes great responsibility—you will Call to Order and address the very first Starship Congress. Plus two (2) $600 reward packages for a total of four (4) registrations with all the accompanying goodies. Your participation will get full-coverage on Icarus Interstellar website and full-page recognition in official Starship Congress program. You will have personalized attention and increased access throughout the 4-day event, including one-on-one access to directors of Icarus Interstellar and Starship Congress. Lastly, your immortality will be assured—you will record a special greeting for the DVD edition of Starship Congress 2013.

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