ThunderStruck News

ThunderStruck News from Around the World.

It has been an amazing ride lately as word of Thunderstruck and our X2’s October light gets in the news around the world. Here are a few good samples of what is happening.

conversations Richard FidlerWant to listen to me live? I am booked for an Interview on an ABC radio program called “Conversations” with Richard Fidler.

DATE:              MON 20 APRIL 2015
TIME:              (ON AIR 1105-1200)

The interview will go all over Australia and will be half about Space and half about my early life, probably concentrating on Computer Hacking in the early days. You can listen live on the ABC radio’s streaming links. One is below, but it will be the wrong program if you click now. They will also podcast the program so you will not miss anything. I will post a link after the show. it will be a fun interview.

Below are three links to media – one TV interview, one on-line Newspaper and one audio interview.

Channel 7 Interview

This one was great. Essentially correct, except the X2 flight is scheduled for October 2015 and the spacecraft that will eventually be built to return from space, will look like a mini Dream Chaser. After all we will be carrying only 50kg of payload, not people. We also have a real team of about 10 people – not just a father and son team. None the less the graphics are good. They are based on the orginal 3D files of the craft, made by team member Ben Hockley.



The UK Register

A great article, but focused on the October 2015 supersonic flight.

UK Register Story

Mars Pirate Radio

“Tonight, Episode XCVI of Mars Pirate Radio will feature an interview with Australian aerospace designer and entrepreneur Robert Brand.”

Doug Turnbull produces this show and it aimed at Science Fiction and Science Fact.

The site is here:

Part two is not on the website until tomorrow!

You can listen to Part 1 NOW:

Update 2

GLXP_Team_Logo_StellarUpdate 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!

PlusComms scaled Down Banner LogoI 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.


KickStarter logoThe 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.

scramspace_highres3So 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:

Click Below to read more::

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


newspapersMedia Appearances

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:

SMH, etc Tech story:

Daily Telegraph:

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.