We will rebuild the NASA Apollo Command Module in 1:10 scale and will equip it with digital cameras, a GPS tracker, a reliable power source and a thermal stabilizer.
We will launch the module with a helium filled high-altitude balloon into near-space. The mission's goal is to reach an altitude of 38.4 km, which is 1/10.000 the distance to the moon.
At its peak-height the balloon will burst and a rescue-parachute will open, bringing the module safely back to earth.
The landing location will be several kilometers away from the launch pad. We will locate and recover the module by retrieving remotely the position data from the GPS tracker.
During the flight, the on-board HD cameras will constantly take still and video images from different perspectives. After the flight, the images and flight data will be analyzed and edited. High-quality still images and video sequences will be put online on a webpage.
The mission will be executed in Europe. We will inform you about the exact location within the next weeks. You are kindly invited to join us at the launch party on July 20, 2019.
• April: Technical Design, Sourcing of material, Checking FAA compliance
• May: Manufacturing, Application for flight permission at space & aviation authority
• June: Guided close-ground test flights, Thermal stability tests, Exploration of launch site
• July: Countdown, launch & recovery, Hilarious launch party
• August: Debriefing, Image & video editing, Release of image footage
The complete mission will be documented in a log-book which we will release to you. Additionally we will give you interesting information about the original Apollo mission on our way.
The total cost for the original NASA Apollo program was estimated at 360 billion US$ (inflation adjusted).
We aim for less.
The pledge amount is supposed to cover the component cost, travel expenses and piggy money to buy some refreshments for the launch party.
In case of overshooting the pledge amount, we will invest into more geeky technical stuff, e.g. 360° VR cameras, a gyrodynamic-stabilizer and resources for additional launches.
Thank you for backing us for this moonshot! Let's keep reaching for the stars.
Risks and challenges
Although the motto of the Apollo mission was „Failure is not an option“, we have the option to fail. In fact, we might fail miserably. It is rocket science!
We see three risk factors:
• Malfunction of the on-board equipment due to extreme environmental conditions (ambient temperatures below -50°C, low atmospheric pressure (affecting the heat conduction), turbulences)
• Loss of the module. It might fly to Fiji
• Miscalculations / Bad engineering: If this will happen, shame on us!
One risk which we prioritize to avoid by all means: Running out of drinks at the launch party.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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