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On July 20, 2019 -the 50th anniversary of the moon landing- we will launch a re-creation of the Apollo Command Module into space
30 backers pledged €1,393 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Flight plan:

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.  

Mission plan:

• 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.


Budget:

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.

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    Thank You!

    This is one small step for you and one giant leap for mankind. Every € brings us closer to the moon. This pledge shows your excitement for our earth, the space and the moon and your love for creative experiments. We will keep you updated on the mission and you will receive flight data via e-mail.

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    Crew Member

    Welcome to our team! We will send you a personal ID badge and a textile badge with the mission logo. We will keep you updated on the mission and you will receive flight data via e-mail. And you are kindly invited to the launch party.

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    Payload Engineer

    You will be allowed to bring personal payload on board of the spaceship. Restrictions: max. weight 50 g, max. dimensions 80 x 80 x 20 mm, no illegal substances, living matter, electromagnetic emissive or radioactive material. Of course you get a personal ID badge, textile badge and you are kindly invited to the launch party. We will keep you updated on the mission and you will receive flight data via e-mail.

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    Mission Commander

    After the mission you will receive the original Command Module including all its equipment so you can start your own flights. (balloon excluded, because it will be burst). The outer shell of the module will be signed by the Mission Control team. We will keep you updated on the mission and you will receive flight data via e-mail. You are kindly invited to the launch party and can bring up to five friends.

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    Commander in Chief

    You are V.I.P. guest at the launch party. Bring as many friends as you like. You don't have to be kept updated on the mission.

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Funding period

- (30 days)