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It's alive! I just got the newsletter and thought "who's STAR Systems?" But it clicked once I read it. Slow progress, but it's still progress.
Nice newsletter. Caught me by surprise, but it was a good surprise.
Hi Everyone. I realize I'm way past due for an update for you guys. Thank you for being so patient. Unfortunately, things have been moving much slower than we'd like (isn't that always the way with start-up efforts?). I am going to provide a proper update this Sunday, which will include some pictures of our stickers coming in, talking about the t-shirt orders, hopefully some pictures of us machining our paperweights, and of course discussing why we've been moving so slowly.
Again, thanks for your patience; I'll work on doing a better job to keep everyone in the loop.
Thanks for your thoughts everyone. We decided to go with bi-weekly updates. My hope is that we'll have some cool images and videos that we can share with each update. If we need more updates, I'll be happy to post them! But realistically, we're all still working on this part time, and several of our meetings are design or review meetings, which are exciting to us but may not be for everyone else.
@Josh - We've thought about a forum before; I don't think there's enough activity to justify it. I don't think anyone wants yet another forum with a few posts to have to check. We've thought about putting a blog on our site where we can actively answer questions for people in a public method. It's something we'll think about.
I like weekly updates. Even just a photo and a few words is good.
I would agree with biweeklyish updates. Perhaps a blog/forum as well to ask questions?
I'll chime in with the "every few weeks". Just let us know what you're up to.
I've mostly backed video games before, and for those I think weekly updates work best. It doesn't have to be very detailed, a single image and some "what we're working on now" keeps the interest up. I don't know if enough different things happen in a week at STAR Systems to be worth writing about, though.
I agree with the others; Monthly or bi-weekly is a good update rythm. Or whenever there is news to be shared, or when you feel ike it. There's no rush or pressure; we know you'll get around to it when you get around to it, and I think that's good enough for most of us. Congrats again!
monthly or bi-weekly
It would be nice get a bi-weekly summary on what the team has done.
Thanks everyone! Yes it was close, but all of you rallied in the end to get us there. For those of you that have backed successful projects in the past, what's a good frequency to update everyone at? Weekly? Whenever major progress happens? I'd like some feedback from you guys.
3,2,1 backers and we have liftoff. It was a close shave but we did it.
Wonderful! Go STAR Systems!
Keep us posted on your progress!
Fantastic! We did it!
And oh my!, is that THE Richard Garriot there? Towards the end of the backers list? Totally makes sense, and would be totally awesome, both in terms of him being my only true hero from my youth for the Ultima computer game series, and him having been to the ISS.
13 hours to go and we've hit the number. Building rocket engines isn't cheap. Let's keep going!
21 hours and $975 to go, hope we make it! Just advertised in a few various locations for support.
Kicked my donation up a couple of notches as well. Tweet this to your favourite Twitter celebs and ask them to RT! Get some buzz going for the last push!
Thanks to my fellow backers! I'm going to post this again til the goal is met!
93% We can do it!
As a contributor to other Kickstarter projects, I know what it means to come back and increase your pledge to see a project funded. Thanks to everyone who is upping their pledges! Special thanks to Jarrod Hunt for his gracious matching! Way to deliver sir!
Pledge upped to $75!
Maybe "Chariots of Fire" would be appropriate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_Fire_(song)
We need some music to pump people up.
As promised, I have matched the pledges from the past 24 hours. I've added an additional $1000 to my pledge ($1500) total.
I will continue to match pledges until we reach the goal!
Upped my pledge to $150.
@Virginia I heard you, and upped my pledge to the payload tier.
Okay, backers! Now is the time to go full throttle! I just upped my pledge to the $75 mark from $25. That is my "squeeze-my-wallet-til-it-bleeds" limit. I want to see these guys get off the ground!
How much do you want this, folks? Enough to say that anyone can get a rocket into space? Let's prove it together. Let's see how far we can push this!
I upped my pledge to $150
@Jarrod: Thank you for your pledge and for the matching offer! You are most welcome to come and check out the place. We are going to be doing several 2" firings in the next several weeks, I'm sure we can work something out.
I just kicked in $500. I'm an Arizona native. You guys are right down the street from me. Very exciting!
I will be watching over the next 2 days and will match everyone's pledges until we have met the goal (Up to $3000). Hopefully that will allow me to convince the Hermes team to let me stop by the office sometime.... and maybe come to the test firing ;)
@Joytec: Wow! Thank you for your support! You have given us a boost we needed to make it to the finish line! We are working hard to meet our goal. Thank you to all of our supporters so far!
We kicked in $5,000 to this. This looks too cool to not get funded. Hopefully other people like me have been waiting on the sidelines and can help finish getting this project funded in the next 3 days.
@Pavel No, that can't be done.
STAR Systems needs a real backer surge now if it is to succeed. What about those space association folks? If they rallied it should be possible.
Is it possible to extend the pledge deadline?
@STAR Systems: Looking good now! Great :)
@Lars: I think I have fixed the image problem. Let me know. Thanks for following up with me via email!
@Lars: Thanks for the feedback on the engagement. I wanted to get a motor firing done but it's taken a bit longer than planned, we've also been pushing hard with some local interviews.
I'm not sure what the issue is with this broken link. I can't find it while in the editing GUI of Kickstarter. Can you tell me specifically where it is (below the video but above our info graphic?) A screenshot would be even better (you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Regarding the graphite model - would it be prohibitively expensive to ship to Norway? The metal rocket definately looks that way ... Interest from me would also depend on the price point I guess.
Other things of note; STAR Systems engagement here on Kickstarter seems to have been somewhat low lately. I have the impression that successful projects interact a lot with the backers and such. At least the image link error on the front page should be fixed, it doesn't reflect well on the project.
As for other potential ways to fund the project; Where I come from, the local companies go out of their way to sponsor various projects, and I believe they most likely would have bought multiple Advertisement rewards if you were guys from that place. Maybe take a quick tour in your area?
And, well, yeah, I'll post on G+ a couple of more times.
Today is Yuri's Night - an excellent chance to get the word out about the Hermes. I've mentioned it at Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102062373234332211376/posts/GUrW5SawhYn
There seems to be an image link error at the top of the Hermes Kickstarter project home page?
I've also posted on Google+ and my Facebook page. Not the most popular person, but I'm trying to get anyone I can.
I'd figure we can ask for support on SyFy channel forums ( thought I don't know about the legality of it ). I bet a lot of people there might have dreams of going to space or might be willing to support such endeavors.
I have an idea. I'll tell Hank! ;)
@Lars - Thanks for your support and post to Google+ I have seen a couple of Reddit posts and I myself has posted one... I'm very unfamiliar with Reddit and haven't seen much traction gained.
If any of our supporters is big into Reddit (or any other forum) and would like to help us out, please post away!
Also, the Thorium reactor video project (you should see a link from my Kickstarter profile) got a notable increase in backers after it got some traction on Reddit. I will try to post the project there myself, but for inactive reddit'ers like me, I think that is quite the hit-and-miss prospect.