We Need Your Funding Help

Dollar symbolFunding Needed to Complete the Project

Firstly, we thank all of those that have already helped with the ThunderStruck project. Soon we will be hitting the TV stations and airwaves for crowd funding, but that will take about 2 months and we are hoping to find some people that might help with the crowd funding now rather than later. We want to keep flying our tests before the big day, now scheduled for July 2015, but with out help we just cannot get there.

We need to buy gas, balloons, pay for petrol, accommodation and much more. Our balloon launches are mandated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to be at a location that is 7 hours drive from our home town of Sydney.

Simply, it costs us the best part of $1,000 every time we fly an experiment and we need to fly one now. It is designed to test the acceleration from of a slender but soft bodied payload from just over 35km altitude. The higher the better of course.

If you can help you will go on our donations page (soon to be created) and will be eligible for our standard rewards:

Perks for your contribution

$20Supporter’s name on website
$30Name on Flight + all above
$50Autographed Photo + all the above (it will be a picture of ThunderStruck)
$75Mission Patch + all the above
$100Cap with Mission patch + all the above
$200Tee Shirt + all the above
$750 –Your company’s 6″x6″ Logo, Name on the Fuselage + all the above
$1,500Your company’s 12″x6″ Logo, Name on the Fuselage + all the above excluding the $750 award
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Donations of any sort will help us greatly, but you must email me at contact@projectthunderstruck.org and tell me your donation and either:
  • send it to me via PayPal using robert.brand@pluscomms.com as the email account and add your name to the transaction.
  • ask me to send a PayPal request for money that will allow a credit card payment.
  • or if you live in Australia, please send directly to my ANZ ThunderStruck account:

Bank:   ANZ
BSB:     012-260
Acc:      293323881
Name:  Mr Robert F Brand

The official crowd funding campaign will begin in a few weeks. Thanks in advance all those that wish to help make this a reality and success. Your names will be recorded in the ThunderStruck pages for many years to come as a founding contributor of an important space craft.

I am also thinking of creating a layout of the craft and have people sponsor various components. That would be great – like the zoo sponsors animals. Let me know your thoughts.

New Doors are Opening Every Day

Spaceport AustraliaKicking Open Doors to New Adventure

If you don’t spend the time getting the word out about a project dear to your heart like ThunderStruck, you will stall and fail. It takes the right contacts and the right people to make a project successful. We are certainly at that point of critical mass right now.

ThunderStruck will be the sonic boom heard all over the world. It would be crass to say “The Thunder from Down Under” so I will resist the opportunity.

Door 1: I recently posted in a number of new places including a lot of suitable Linkedin Groups and they certainly produced results and for all parties, not just ThunderStruck.

I received many comments on the posts and some have been exceptional.

Add to that the interviews on radio, print and on-line media and the results have been spectacular. Here is an ABC news article that certainly got new attention all over Australia:

Click here to read the article

Door 2: Another has been an article in the UK based The Register.  This has been an amazingly popular 2 page story that gained global recognition for the project.

The Register

Spaceport AustraliaSpacePort AUstralia (SPAU)

Door 3: This is one such organisation run by a man that has caught my attention. He is not well known in the space sector and is more of a business man, but he is dedicated to building a spaceport here in Australia and I believe that he will succeed. He is looking in Queensland and believes that he may have found the airfield that may become our first spaceport. John Moody is his name and the company is Spaceport Australia. John has connections in the music business and I am hopeful of some great connections for ThunderStruck. You can find out more about Spaceport Australia and we will be posting more stories about John and SPAU regularly.

Click here to Visit SPAU

More to Come

There are more big opportunities on the way and we have to get signatures on legal documents before I can speak about them. None the less if you are interested in taking a small shareholding in the business side of things, I can discuss the upcoming opportunities.

 

Becoming a Stakeholder in ThunderStruck

stakeholders

stakeholders

ThunderStruck Stakeholder.

Want to help create a spacecraft with a purpose? Wish to See Australia as a major contender in space exploration? Want to see more jobs in the space sector here in Australia. If you answer Yes to any of these, please consider supporting this amazing endeavour.

We are entering fundraising mode soon and one of the things that we have to offer is being a stakeholder in the future ThunderStruck spacecraft. Currently we are looking to form a company to develop the concept and to partner with other organisations. At this time, there is a serious interest from one Sydney based University that may result in a partnership arrangement with opportunities to take on interns to help in the development of concept craft for flight testing.

As you know, ThunderStruck will be designed around the concept of a winged spacecraft. It will be the smallest spacecraft that can re-enter the atmosphere with stability and fly to a landing. It will be in two models – a sounding craft (straight up and down – no significant heating) and a low earth orbit re-entry vehicle. It is designed to carry approximately 50Kg of payload. A third model may be built that will be a capsule with a standard heat shield (like the Orion capsule). This will be capable of surviving re-entry from a direct approach to earth without orbiting first. The main thing is that the systems will be standard. The craft will have an optional Ion engine and also a high deltaV maneuvering system – essential for de-obiting to a precise location.

It is not expected to accept anything smaller that 0.5% shareholding for an amount of $1,500. The dollars brought into the company will be rolled into the development of the three concept vehicles along with sponsorship money and crowd funding. Money earned from video rights, magazine rights and other media opportunities will also be rolled into funding the future craft. Speaking opportunities will not be considered to be part of the company’s income.

Following the second phase concept flight test, it is expected that we will have a sounding rocket based solution for experiments sent to space and back. This will be in about 2 years time and money may be earned at that time from sounding flights producing several minutes of “weightlessness”.

An orbital re-entry solution will take several years more to develop. As little as two years or as long as four years depending on funding and any hurdles discovered in test flights.

It is not expected to allow any more than 20% of new shareholders and at this stage, 2% has already been sold. The above are not rules and not fixed in stone but are simply an outline of what is happening. Please contact us for more information if you are interested. If you have the right qualifications, you will be considered for employment in the future. There is a clear opportunity to become a director in the company.

Phone 0448881101 for more information. If not answered, please leave a clear 10 second message so that we can prioritise your call. This is not a prospectus or an offer. You need to find out more and ensure due diligence is performed. We will both decide if proceeding is suitable.

Australia:  0448881101      or Int’l:  +61 448881101

Super Sale – 24 Hours Only

IMG_7340Super Sale – Weather Balloons, HAB Flights and More – 24Hrs

Live in Australia?

Tuesday 23th December 2014 4pm to Wednesday 24th Dec 2104 4pm:

We are, as always, raising funds for our Project ThunderStruck. Live in Australia and want weather balloons, want us to take your payload to the Stratosphere, or want to rent HAM radio tracking gear?

Sale Ends 4pm Wednesday 24th Dec 2015

Learn to Launch and Recover HABs

HABs? High Altitude Balloons. We can do just about anything. We can even take you along with us and show you how its done. It is the full course on flying payloads into the stratosphere. Just $500 per car and you drive your own vehicle – it must be in good condition and suitable for dirt roads.. We launch from west of West Wyalong in southern central part of NSW. The course is hands on and you will get to have a tracking radio in the car and be part of the recovery team. You cover all your own personal costs including road assistance coverage, etc.. You will also need a wireless enabled tablet – preferably Telstra connected and a mobile phone, again preferable with Telstra connectivity. Conditions apply. We may be flying this weekend. Maximum people in one car for the above price is three.

Balloons for Sale

We current have 30 x 100 gram balloons at $10 each + $15 delivery for 1 or 10. We have 2 x 500 gram balloons for $100 delivered in Australia by express post, a 350 gram balloon at $75 delivered in Australia express post and some older 3Kg balloons for $200 each – no guarantees. They are probably 3 years old, but that is all I know.

Helium

We can even rent you 3.4 cubic metre helium bottles (Size E) and balloon regulators. These need to picked up from and returned to Sydney and require substantial deposit of $700 per bottle fully refundable. At this stage it is cash only as we do not carry credit cards. It is also $2 per day per bottle after 1 week’s rental if overdue – conditions apply.

Radios, GPS, Cameras

The HAM radio equipment includes:

  • Yaesu GPS enabled APRS tracker VX-8 two way radio – VHF / UHF dual band
  • Byonics MT-400 APRS trackers – pre-configured with your call sign and SSD
  • GPS units for MT-400
  • Spot 2 and Spot 3 trackers
  • GoPro cameras with external connections for Lithium Iron batteries
  • Lithium Iron Batteries and charger
  • antennas

Send your Mascot or Sign to Near Space?

We can do it for $1,200, down for the sale from 1,500 and that was a special deal already – marked down from $3,000. Conditions apply.

Payment

Sale ends at 4pm Wednesday 24 December 2015 EDST

A 50% deposit must be made tomorrow (Wednesday) at a CBA branch OVER THE COUNTER to get this sale discount or goods with the balance on most items by Wednesday. This sale ends Monday at 4pm, but call me to negotiate a price after 4pm. For details on the rental of radio equipment and gas bottles – you can call me on 0467 545 755

Want to see when we have the next sale. Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our posts and be ready.

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Super Sale – 48 Hours only

IMG_7340Super Sale – Weather Balloons, HAB Flights and More – 48Hrs

Live in Australia?

Monday 17th November 4pm: We are, as always, raising funds for our Project ThunderStruck. Live in Australia and want weather balloons, want us to take your payload to the Stratosphere, or want to rent HAM radio tracking gear?

Sale Ends 4pm Wednesday 19th Nov 2015

Learn to Launch and Recover HABs

HABs? High Altitude Balloons. We can do just about anything. We can even take you along with us and show you how its done. It is the full course on flying payloads into the stratosphere. Just $500 per car and you drive your own vehicle – it must be in good condition and suitable for dirt roads.. We launch from west of West Wyalong in southern central part of NSW. The course is hands on and you will get to have a tracking radio in the car and be part of the recovery team. You cover all your own personal costs including road assistance coverage, etc.. You will also need a wireless enabled tablet – preferably Telstra connected and a mobile phone, again preferable with Telstra connectivity. Conditions apply. We may be flying this weekend. Maximum people in one car for the above price is three.

Balloons for Sale

We current have 30 x 100 gram  balloons at $10 each + $15 delivery for 1 or 10. We have 2 x 500 gram balloons for $100 delivered in Australia by express post, a 350 gram balloon at $75 delivered in Australia express post and some older 3Kg balloons for $200 each – no guarantees. They are probably 3 years old, but that is all I know.

Helium

We can even rent you 3.4 cubic metre helium bottles (Size E) and balloon regulators. These need to picked up from and returned to Sydney and require substantial deposit of $700 per bottle fully refundable. At this stage it is cash only as we do not carry credit cards. It is also $2 per day per bottle after 1 week’s rental if overdue.

Radios, GPS, Cameras

The HAM radio equipment includes:

  • Yaesu GPS enabled APRS tracker VX-8 two way radio – VHF / UHF dual band
  • Byonics MT-400 APRS trackers – pre-configured with your call sign and SSD
  • GPS units for MT-400
  • Spot 2 and Spot 3 trackers
  • GoPro cameras with external connections for Lithium Iron batteries
  • Lithium Iron Batteries and charger
  •  antennas

Send your Mascot or Sign to Near Space?

We can do it for $1,200, down for the sale from 1,500 and that was a special deal already – marked down from $3,000. Conditions apply.

Payment

Sale ends at 4pm Wednesday 19th November 2015 EDST

A 50% deposit must be made tomorrow (Monday) at a CBA branch OVER THE COUNTER to get this sale discount or goods with the balance on most items by Wednesday. This sale ends Monday at 4pm, but call me to negotiate a price after 4pm. For details on the rental of radio equipment and gas bottles – you can call me on 0467 545 755 or call 02 9789 2773 and leave a message if I am unavailable. You may have to ring for a while to go to the messaging service.

Want to see when we have the next sale. Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our posts and be ready.

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Fund Raising – Save the Cassowary

Rebecca McLaren, ABC North QueenslandCassowary to Near Space and ThunderStruck

We have been doing some fund raising and generating awareness of ThunderStruck. We have also been trying to generate awareness for other worthy campaigns too, using our balloon technology. Here is a recording made yesterday 14th November 2014 with Rebecca McLaren on ABC North Queensland radio. Paul Webster is being interviewed and mentions Project ThunderStruck. Paul has been instrumental in helping us in many ways and we are supporting him and the Cassowary in return. Listen to the recording and enjoy the fun of this awareness project. Learn about this amazing bird and its flight.

If you would like to learn more about Cassowary you can go to the Cassowary TV channel on YouTube. The link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CassowaryTelevision

Below is the 10 minute interview on the project that was broadcast yesterday:

Below: See Paul Webster and a cassowary in this short introduction to Cassowary TV

Fund Raising – Launch Your Payload to the Stratosphere

The view from 30Km over central NSWFund Raising Payloads to the Stratosphere

Normally, prices start from $3,000, but for the next few weeks we will take your payload to the Stratosphere for $1,200 – almost 1/3 of the normal price. We can do this by sharing the payload and taking three or four small payloads up on our specially designed payload frame. One camera for each payload is included and you can either do video or still images. For $400 more, we will include a second camera if you needed it and the batteries to power it for the entire flight from launch to landing.

Your payload will get to 26Km or more or we fly it again. We are now achieving 30-33km altitude regularly. We will track and recover your payload and provide you with the images or video from the camera. We will give you 4 weeks to publish your photos or video, but we will reserve the rights to also place the pictures or video on our websites. Again, for a small fee, you can also have full rights to the media. Payloads need to be about 200 grams or less, but with some more dollars we can carry more – we need to buy bigger balloons and more helium to compensate. a 3Kg balloon will cost well over $500!

We cannot guarantee the payload safety as there are always lakes and other things, but that will affect our equipment too. Any loses for any reason are unfortunate, but the best we will do is re-fly your payload if you provide a second payload. To easy your minds on the matter of losing payload, after 20 flights, we have always recovered the payload and that includes flights with problems from unforeseen accidents like invisible downdrafts. Mind you we build our payload frames well and they provide extraordinary results.

Clinton Toyota Space Chicken

Clinton Toyota Space Chicken

This is Clintons Toyota “Space Chicken” was on all the covers of the local newspapers and many other papers and media. The outcome far exceeded the cost of the project and the papers did both a pre and post story with pictures.

The quality of our photography is exceptional and this is a still from a video we took of the flight. It was taken at 33,333km.

Occasionally the press get involved in our flights and this may give you more exposure. The video below was taken in Croatia early in 2014. We are well known all over the world. The two flights that took off from the centre of Zagreb were the first to be launched in the country and carrier student payloads for a competition organised by Team Stellar – one of our sponsors.

Contact me on 0448 881 101 if in Australia or +61 448 881 101 if calling from overseas and please leave a voice mail message if I do not answer the phone. You can also email me on contact@projectthunderstruck.org

Some things we can take up for you:

  • A sign with your name and/or logo
  • A photo
  • A mascot or small toy
  • A small science experiment

What we can’t take up:

  • Live animals
  • things that may injure people
  • things that would be of risk to planes if they, for any reason, impacted the craft
  • things taht may disintegrate in extreme cold or extreme low pressure.
  • Things that will interfere with the other payloads or the tracking systems.

There are plenty of other things that we can’t carry, but please talk to us and we will let you know. This is an extremely cost effective offer and requires complete payment up front. We can offer 50% refund if cancelled as we may have already allocated your slot on a flight and paid for materials. One week before the flight, cancellation will not be possible.

Remember these terms are not for our normal flights that are not at discount prices.

The final video is for Bulla Cloud9 Yogurt that we flew into the jet stream and “froze in the clouds”