Story and Project Proposal -
My project will be to build an improved version of the Johnston Mark I Rocket. The Mark I stands about 45 inches tall and is approximately 2 inches in diameter and it is powered off of a single-use "motor" that uses composite rocket fuel, the same material that NASA might use in their solid fuel boosters, only on a much smaller scale.
The planned Mark II rocket will use a re-loadable motor system, or RMS. This improves cost effectiveness of the rocket and it also creates versatility for launches with more fuel. The final design of the Johnston Mark II rocket has not yet been decided, but as it stands, the rocket will be approximately 10 feet tall and 3 inches in diameter. You will notice that while the height is increasing by almost 300%, the diameter is only increasing from 150%, this design improvement will decrease weight and wind resistance and increase peak altitude of the rocket. The building of this improved rocket is for a project in a class called ELP, or Extended Learning Program. In this class, the student creates a project proposal and a rubric for the project. The proposal and rubric are then reviewed by the teacher and returned to the student to make any revisions if they are necessary. I was almost finished with the Mark I rocket when I started wondering how much bigger and better these rockets could be. I set out on the internet to do research only to be dismayed when I saw the prices. I had mentioned the idea of building a ten foot rocket to my teacher, but that I probably wouldn't be able to do it because I had no way to pay for it. She said she thought it was an amazing idea and she pointed me in the direction of Kickstarter. Now, here I am, hoping that with the help of others, I can finally make something that will push the limits of what I thought possible. This project will also hopefully inspire others to go out and try something that they never thought possible before, even if it has nothing to do with rocketry.
Now, on to the main concern for you, the potential donor, "Where is my money going?".
As you can see, a large majority of the funding will go to the rocket supplies that will be used to actually build the Mark II. The next largest portion of money is going towards 'Taxes and Kickstarter Funds'. In order for Kickstarter and Amazon to make money off of their sites, they take a percentage of the funding. This is only fair and isn't too high like it could be in other places. The third largest portion of the money will go to the cost of Hazardous Materials shipping for all of the parts. Because the composite rocket fuel is highly combustible, it requires extra to mail. The two smallest portions of the funding will go to rewards for people who pledge and to a slight 'cushion' of $15, for any unforeseen expenses. The following is a more detailed graph that includes each of the building supplies individually:
Who is running this project? -
My name is Bryan Friestad, and I am currently a Junior at Johnston Senior High School in Johnston, IA. Because of Kickstarter's rules and regulations on minors, I legally cannot do this project alone. It is being done under the name of my mother, Linda Friestad, and I would like to thank her very much for being so helpful and patient with me as I complete this project.
Risks and challenges
-Finding a launch site and getting FAA clearance to launch
I have a launch site in mind, it will more than likely take place at a rocket launching convention in Indianola, Iowa. This pre-organized event would get rid of any need for me to personally contact the FAA.
-Some building materials might not be in stock
This is not a huge problem, as most of these parts are usually in stock due to the fact that they aren't huge in demand. If this becomes a problem, I can order from elsewhere.
This is our worst nightmare, but it is also not likely and we do not anticipate any problems in this catagory.
- (42 days)