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Winnetka, IL Hardware
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A team of high-school students with a passion for rocketry build a micro-H2O2 rocket, pioneering a cleaner and safer form of propulsion

Winnetka, IL Hardware
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A picture of the young entrepreneurs  (left to right) Rohan, Hunter, and Joshua. Luke and Owen are not pictured.
A picture of the young entrepreneurs (left to right) Rohan, Hunter, and Joshua. Luke and Owen are not pictured.

 The Premise

Inspired by the film October Sky, this group of New Trier students plan to create the first private, non-coporate rocket that uses clean, safe and renewable fuel sources to reach the stratopause, and one day the moon. Our first launch in mid-June, 2012 will be a multi-staged water/air rocket launch that will test a varity of mechanism including an electronic launch mechanism, a servo-tirggered parachute release system and a stager mechanism.

A conceptual schematic of the H2O2 engine
A conceptual schematic of the H2O2 engine

The Plan

This Kickstarter is for the second rocket which will be propelled by pumping the monopropellant (Hydrogen Peroxide) through a silver catalyst. The rocket will only be a small prototype that we only expect to reach altitudes of a 0.5-2 miles, and with your help, we can move on to larger projects, that fly higher, and faster using cleaner, and safer fuels than H202 (which can be corrosive in concentrations higher that 70%).

The funds raised by the project will be used for a variety of things including:

-80% pure H202 fuel

-A silver decomposition catalyst

-A small furnance so we can cast our own aluminum for the fuselage, boosters and nozzle and nosecone.

-A fuel tank

-A pump/valve system

-Tools (mainly welding equipment)

-Payload (HD cameras, a GPS, and a simple flight computer capable of throttling and braking the H202 engine as well as triggering launch) (most likely an arduino)

-Polyethylene lining for the fuselage

-Rewards and Fees

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    2 backers

    Early access to updates, videos and schematics

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    7 backers

    Our thanks and your name in the credits of the rocket ( in the launch and update videos) and early access to schematics, updates, and videos

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    4 backers

    A June Sky wrist-band and your name in the credits of the rocket, and early acess to updates, schematics and videos

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    Pledge $10 or more

    14 backers

    A June Sky wrist-band, early acess to updates, schematics and videos, your name in the credits and engraved on a tablet that will be placed in the nosecone of the rocket.

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    3 backers

    A June Sky Mousepad and all the above rewards

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    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    We will create a Lego figure in your likeness and place him in the nosecone of one of the BOOSTERS during launch and your name will be engraved on the booster. We will ship the lego figure to you after launch You will also recieve all the above rewards. (Limited to 6, 2 per booster)

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    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    The ultimate June sky memorabilia package: a wristband, mousepad, t-shirt, a DVD containing flight footage and an exclusive development log and ( exclusive to this reward) DIY H2O2 rocket building instructions. Not a part of the 200 dollar reward.

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    1 backer All gone!

    We will create a lego figure in your likeness, place him in the nosecone of the MAIN STAGE. We will ship the Lego figure to you after launch. Additionally, you will get to name the rocket, and we will ship you a part of the rocket of your choice after launch. All the above rewards except for #5 are also included

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    We will build you a custom aluminum H2O2 rocket(h2O2 not included because of pexoensife shipping) and send it to you along with the ultimate June Sky memorabilia package: a June Sky t-shirt, hat mousepad, wristband and a DVD containing flight footage and an exclusive development log. (Shipping not included)

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Funding period

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