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A high school freshman has sent pie into space!  Visit pieinspace.com to see some awesome pics and videos!
A high school freshman has sent pie into space!  Visit pieinspace.com to see some awesome pics and videos!
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A high school freshman is sending pie into space and you can be a part of it.  GO SCIENCE!!!

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We've Been Funded!!!  Thanks To All My Backers For The Support, Now There Will Be Pie In Space!!!

 

What Am I Trying To Do?

My goal is to send PIE into space!  Well, close to space, it's actually the stratosphere!  To perform this crazy/awesome task I will attach π1 to a large weather balloon.  "What is π1?" you ask.  π1 is a "space craft" of my own design.  It is made out of a Styrofoam cooler, insulation, and lots of duct tape. :D  The pie, along with the cameras, will be secured to π1 for a safe travel into the stratosphere.

π1 Design
π1 Design

Who Am I?

My name is Alex Hoppe, I am a ninth grader who lives in Seattle, Wa.  I have always had a passion for aerospace; fascinated by planes and spaceships.  I first learned about the art of sending weather balloons into space when I stumbled across this blog.  It is about a man who sent an R/C airplane into space!  Fascinated about the idea I did a little research into the subject.  I found that many people had sent balloons into space successfully.  Encouraged by the success of others I decided that I would send my own balloon into space!

Why the pie?

I don't know!  Really, I've just always had this thing for pie: Pumpkin, Apple, Chocolate.  I love them all. :P  When I was designing this project I thought to myself, "How can I make my project different from all the other weather balloon projects?"  Then it hit me, "PIE!  No one has sent pie into space before!"

And that is why there will be pie in space!

Stretch Goals!!!

Stretch Goal One: 989

If I reach this goal I will get another GoPro for even more amazing footage.

Stretch Goal Two: 1,550

Locked until stretch goal one has been completed.

Stretch Goal Three: 5,194

Locked until stretch goal two has been completed.

Budget:

Want to know what I'm going to spend the money on?  Follow this link to see my budget.

Acknowledgments:

I would like to thank my friend Eli for helping me launch this Kickstarter and my parents for encouraging me to pursue my dreams.  Thank You.

The π1 Logo:

This is the logo that will go on the t-shirts and π1 itself.

Risks and challenges

There will be many challenges facing this project but I feel confident that I can overcome them as I am a g33k with a passion for aerospace.

For example I will need to create a rig to hold the pie in place so it does not drop and suffer re-entry burns. DON'T BURN THE PIE! I am an aspiring engineer, so I have the technical knowledge to build something that will cook the pie to JUST the right amount. I mean build a rig. :p

Aside from the technical aspects, which I feel quite confident about, there is always nature. A freak thunder storm could form or maybe a strong wind in the upper atmosphere. These risks and many more face my project. I will plan for these risks and try to avoid them with advanced weather software and specialized balloon flight path simulators, but there is always a chance that these precautions will not be enough.

There is a good chance that I will never face these risks but I am confident in my ability to assess and avoid them if they do occur.

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    Thank you, you will get the 20 best photos from launch to "landing." Includes Reward 1 too!

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    Awesome! You will get the entire video footage from launch to "landing." This may be up to 32 gigabytes. You have been warned! Includes Rewards 1 and 2!

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    Thanks! You get your very own t-shirt with the "π1" logo. Plus rewards 1, 2, and 3!

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    Sweet! You can send me any picture of your choice (Must be SFW). I will sign it, send it into space, and return to you with a note from me. This also includes a "π1" t-shirt and rewards 1, 2, and 3!

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    Thank you! You get to come to the launch and get either the balloon remains or the parachute. Plus Rewards 1, 2, 3, and 4!
    (First backer gets first choice. You will have to arrange your own transportation to central Washington.)

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    OMG you just give me $150! THANKS!
    You get to come to the launch site and eat PIE FROM SPACE!!! Plus Rewards 1, 2, 3, and 4.
    (You will have to arrange your own transportation to central Washington.)

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