About this project
THESE ARE THE FINAL HOURS AND A SPECIAL GIFT TO $100+ BACKERS
We’re in the final 24 hours and I’ve had an idea. All backers to support the campaign with $100 or more will receive a free, signed 4"x6" Spacecraft Portrait Print. Choose one from any of the nine missions featured in Series One or Series Two. Digital print backers of any size will also be able to choose an uncut 9-grid version of the complete set for their reward if they prefer.
Last November we launched the Spacecraft Series One with the expectation that the series would end at a total of three 20" x 36" screenprinted posters. We added stretch goals that we never really expected to be reached and instead we crossed all three goals in rapid succession in the final week. This thanks in large part to The Planetary Society’s social media muscle and assistance in selecting the top five missions.
Now we propose a Series Two to close the collection out…
BEGINNING WITH NEW HORIZONS AT PLUTO!
What made the #7 poster in this series interesting is that the mission featured just made it’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14th. That design is now final (shown above). If you are curious… check out our first 8 campaign updates to see how the design progressed as New Horizons reached it’s history making destination.
POSTER #8: ROSETTA / PHILAE
The Kickstarter community has spoken and we have executed a design for the Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander. Truly a great choice as it introduces to the full series the first non-planetary object as a mission target.
POSTER #9: GALILEO
Planetary.org conducted a poll to select the missions to be featured on posters 1-5 which ended up including Voyager, Cassini, Curiosity, Mars Exploration Rovers and Sputnik. Poster #6 was decided by and donated to The Planetary Society for all their help on our campaign. Later that poster was added as the central reward in their LightSail Kickstarter campaign (sucessfully funded on June 26, 2015). The 20x36" screenprints from that campaign quickly dissappeared and can now only be purchased from Chop Shop as a part of Series One in a very limted numbers.
We will be closely monitoring New Horizon’s progress at Pluto and make design edits to image posted of poster #7 when appropriate. The final design should be available after July 18 when the final preliminary images are released. Note: The full cache of mission images and data will not be available until September but we will not need to wait for that date.
The poll results have been released with Poster #8 designated as Rosetta/Philae and Poster #9 as Galileo.
The Rosetta/Philae design was posted on July 29.
Phase 4The Galileo design will be posted on or before August 5.
THE MANY REWARDS
The most popular mission of them all: Voyager. That is the theme of this t-shirt which is based upon poster #1 from Series One. Note that we are considering making additional tees from other existing designs and you can still vote in our SurveyMonkey poll to help us decide (even though the results for the central question have already been quantified). If people seem interested, we will produce more and add these designs to the rewards which you may change at any time during the campaign.
This tee makes it plain. There are now 8 planets with the star of our campaign dwarved at bottom. But cheer up Pluto fans, not having to compete with Jupiter anymore makes Pluto the king of it’s own whole new class of planets. Colors are wide ranging and will be selected at random per backer.
Full Series Digital Prints
Shown above are examples of the digital prints from Series One. Voyager is shown at 17"x22", Cassini at 13"x19" and two examples of the uncut 5.75" x 10.5" tinies. Of course, new designs from Series Two will also be made available as soon as they are defined and posted.
Set of three stickers featuring Voyager, Cassini, Curiosity, Mars Exploration, Sputnik and New Horizons. The top six most popular robotic spacecraft in history as determined by a Planetary Society poll. Stickers each measure 3" and are vinyl based.
Our popular space exploration iconic tees have been best-sellers at the shop for a few years now. Choose starting from left to right: Beyond Earth (deep space missions), Above Earth (near Earth missions) and You Are The Sun (the solar system as we know it today).
Beyond Earth Screenprint
23 historic missions of various nations that traveled Beyond Earth to explore our solar system. The missions are loosely arranged according to their most notable destinations. Screenprinted 2-colors on on 18" x 24" French black 80lb.
$25,000 GOAL MET: We will design and produce additional stickers for MER, Sputnik and New Horizons. Any backers who chose stickers can choose between all.
$30,000 GOAL MET: We will design and produce additional stickers for Rosetta and Galileo and everyone who pledged $25 or more gets a free Voyager sticker! Any backers who chose stickers can choose between all.
At $35,000 we will design and produce a t-shirt for Cassini/Huygens at Saturn. Any t-shirt backers will be able to choose between Voyager or Cassini.
At $39,131 which was the total raised for Series One — we will design and produce a t-shirt for New Horizons at Pluto and everyone who pledged $25 or more gets a free New Horizons sticker! Any t-shirt backers will be able to choose between Voyager, Cassini or New Horizons.
I am still wanting to thank the Kickstarter community for the success of Series One. Beyond the printing of the first six posters, the campaign also made possible several design projects for The Planetary Society, another space themed Kickstarter project Shoot the Moon and still more in the works.
Nothing but praise and thanks again to The Planetary Society without whom the Series One campaign would have been but a shodow of what it ultimately became.
Thanks also to Kleptonaut for always providing the background music and to Robin Stamey for having a voice worth recording.
Thanks also to your for reading this far and considering your support of Series Two.
At $25,000 we will design and produce a t-shirt for Cassini/Huygens at Saturn
Risks and challenges
There are less risks this time around than with the previous campaign coming so close to the holidays and so many wishing to have them done and shipped as gifts. This time I have eliminated that issue by running the campaign musc earlier in the year.
One risk (I suppose) is sudden failure of the New Horizons mission, which at this point seems unlikely. Even if that does happen, we do have at least 6 other great candidate missions to choose from for another series of three.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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