Update 2. Sponsorship, Funding, Media and Visits!
Things are brewing and the project is about to rise to new heights – pun intended.
Keep an eye out for a new and incredible set of sponsors. Hey, we still need the KickStarter funding and that seems to have stalled, but we will be a fast finisher to get the goal level because simply this project needs your help. Ever want to help build a spacecraft? This is your chance to go in the records for all time that you helped ThunderStruck. Keep an eye out for our New Sponsors over the next few weeks!
I can tell you that the company I work for, PlusComms Pty Ltd, is a new Bronze Sponsor and so is Team Stellar, the amazing team going to the moon with a rover. Part of the Google Luna X Prize event. We know that they are amazing as i am a senior consultant for the team and Jason is a Student Representative. We they are amazing with our without us to be honest…. The head of team Stellar Captain Stjepan Bedić has agreed to be an adviser to Project ThunderStruck. Thanks Stjepan!
More on our sponsors in another post very soon.
The campaign got off to a bad start with my lack of experience. Add to that some massive changes in the projects direction and I will probably have to stop the current KickStart project and re-do the whole thing, coordinating the marketing better with the support opportunities. Yes, always something new to master, even when it is something as off-topic for ThunderStruck, as raising funds for the project.
So what is New?
DSTO’s Hypersonics Laboratory Visit!
Pretty much everything. We have some massive allies out their that really believe in the project. As you may know Australia is partnering with the US in SCRAM-JET technology and Australia is a world leader in scram-jet technology and test flights. The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) that is responsible for orchestrating much of Australia’s strategic direction have invited Jason and I to travel to Brisbane to visit their Hypersonics Laboratory next Tuesday. Stay tuned for any fun stuff that comes from this and of course serious stuff! We will be talking to world experts in supersonic flight. There is of course a lot of synergy between the projects at a basic level as it is all about supersonic flight. I promise to bring back lots of pictures. In the meantime have a look at these links:
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HIFiRE program Hypersonic Flight
Avalon Airshow Feb 2015
It looks like we will be attending this major airshow in a few months time. There will be a significant opportunity to inspire kids with one of our airframes that we will use for the flight. We will have the real thing at the show and Jason will explain the fine details to anyone interested.
Click here for the show details: Avalon Airshow
It looks we will be in the press a lot during the life of this project and we already have had our fair share of press:
SMH / Age / Canberra Times, etc: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/boy-12-aims-to-break-the-sound-barrier-20141013-115i4v.html
SMH, etc Tech story: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/ask-fuzzy-superpressure-balloons-reach-for-stars-20141009-113kr7.html
Daily Telegraph: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/year-old-wants-to-break-sound-barrier/story-fni0xqi3-1227089019536
We are also in all the local papers, but their stories are pretty poor and misleading. One paper showed a balloon payload, but spoke about Jason building a supersonic craft. They did say however that he had not started building the craft.
Radio interviews have happened in Melbourne and soon in Sydney – the Linda Mottram Morning Show on 702 has us booked in as does the Breakfast show. Sunrise will be videoing us next week for a story. We will appear on Science shows and expect that a documentary will be filmed of the whole event.
Stay Tuned – we will keep you updated.