Our Plan of Attack
After our core team gets done working at our respective day jobs, we regularly meet two days a week: Wednesday evenings and Sunday. Wednesday evenings are usually from 6-9pm, and Sundays are all day. Now that summer is coming, and Phoenix is warming up, we try to start earlier and earlier to beat the heat.
We usually meet at the shop, but occasionally will go to other people’s houses to work on presentations, or sometimes coffee shops (and bars) to hash our designs and ideas. In addition to our physical meetings, each of us is working on our respective areas when we have time on nights and throughout the weekend, whether it’s designing, analysis, research, updating our media, or coordinating with our volunteer network.
Like any task driven project, extra time gets put in when deadlines approach. Before NIWeek 2011, we met almost daily to get the Hermes prepared for it’s journey to Austin. Before and right after Kickstarter launched, we did the same to ensure we had everything ready. (Of course, we did not! Anyone who’s created a project on Kickstarter will understand).
The next few weeks..
So as our Kickstarter project comes to a close, I wanted to give you a look into what we’ll be doing for the next several weeks, once we’ve received our funding:
1. Take care of our backers. Of course, we’ll be working to fulfill all of our pledge awards. We’ll be able to get certain items very quickly (like the stickers and T-Shirts). The higher tier items will take more time since we’re handcrafting these items, but we’ll keep everyone updated along the way (all items will be fulfilled by their estimated delivery date).
2. Make Progress on our Design Review. We’ve been working with some groups to get our 3D scan into a useable model, and it’s almost ready to go. Once that’s done, we’ll be using it for some aerodynamic and thermal analysis to verify the Hermes design will work for our mission profiles. It also lets us begin the integration process. We’ll be using a 3D integration to begin putting in all of the subsystems, components, and all internal workings to make sure our sizing is close. Of course, not all components and parts have been selected or developed yet! But this lets us move in the right direction.
3. Run through more small motor tests. We’ve been testing out several fuel and thermal protectant combinations. We have another half dozen runs to go through with our 2” engines before we feel we established enough of a baseline to go back up to a 3” run. We would then run a few 3” motor tests, using our newly developed rocket monitoring and test system to work out any kinks before scaling up to our large test. And of course:
4. Design our 10” Rocket Motor. We will review our milestone chart for the design, assembly and test of our full scale motor core test. We’ll design and CAD out all of the parts, start work on the automation of our rocket monitoring and test system, find quotes for the remaining sensors and DAQ components that we need, and begin the process of integrating it all together.
I’m sure there are several of you that are very interested to here more on how we’ll be tackling these issues. If you’ve pledged $25 or more, we’ll be sending out some detailed information on our game plan soon after our Kickstarter campaign ends. Some of the information we’ll send you we’re not going to share with the general public at all. You’re going to get the first crack at it, and provide us your input and feedback if you want to. That’s just some of what exclusive access means to us.
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Hermes Stickers - You'll get a large sticker of the Hermes logo you can put on your own rocket... or something more reasonable like a laptop.Estimated delivery:
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Hermes Exclusive Access - Receive exclusive announcements of our major milestone accomplishments and important updates before the general public. We'll also throw in access to a live feed for our first engine test firing.Estimated delivery:
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Join the Hermes Pit Crew - You'll get a T-Shirt or Polo Shirt (your choice) with our logo on the front and "Hermes Pit Crew" on the back. We'll also sign your name on the Hermes Test Motor and film it for you before we do our first engine firing.Estimated delivery:
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Personalized Payload - On the Hermes maiden test flight, we'll have a special Kickstarter payload capsule on board, which will contain your name and a personalized message. After it's successfully gone to space, we'll send it back to you!Estimated delivery:
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Rocket Engine Paper Weight - You'll get a miniature replica of the Hermes Test Motor, machined and assembled at our shop out of polished stainless steel. A perfect way to keep those pesky papers from launching off your desk!Estimated delivery:
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Handcrafted Hermes Model - Here's your opportunity to get a 1/20th scale Hermes Model, created, shaped, sanded and painted at our shop. Each model will come with a certificate, signed by the Hermes Team and include pictures of the team making your specific model.Estimated delivery:
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Hermes Team Skype - The Hermes Team founders will set up a 1 hour video session with you and your family, friends, coworkers, or students. We'll go over the state of the aerospace industry, our plans for the next year or two, show you how we create our engines in the shop and answer any questions you have about what we do or anything about space!Estimated delivery:
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Sky High Advertisement - Earn your place in history by being one of the few people who have advertised on a spacecraft. We'll proudly reserve a spot for your name, company, or whatever you'd like to see on the skin of the Hermes, up through it's first test launch.Estimated delivery:
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Ignition - You'll get round trip with accommodations to the first Hermes Test Motor firing. We'll show you around our shop, teach you how to build a rocket engine, and then we're off to the desert to fire our test engine. Be the first to pledge here and we'll let you press the ignition button.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)