ThunderStruck Progress.

Pajero Jan 2016

Pajero Tracking Vehicle Update

We are on the move after several delays. The proof is in the progress since our last post. We are now talking boosters from our balloon platform to get us to space and we are working on our technology. Balloon test flights are being planned for late January / early February

So lets look at what my son, Jason (13), and I have done and are doing about the tracking vehicle. We will have more, but we are planning on at least having our 4WD SUV ready for the trans-sonic test as soon as we get this approved by CASA – the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

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Sponsorship Levels Announced

Sponsor Benefits

This project is arguably one of the global certainties to get extreme press coverage. There is little chance of failure, especially since every aspect of the flight will be tested in advance. Several announcements will receive global coverage along the way and TV interviews will be common both in Australia and overseas. On the day of the big event, the story will be world news and carried in most first world countries. It will be exhibited along the way at prestigious events such as air shows and is even expected to have a documentary made for the entire build-up to the big event. Jason will also be put up for achievement awards such as the youth Eureka award. All of this combined will produce unprecedented opportunities for sponsors and their ability to tell their story.

Want to be a sponsor? – contact us via email at

Phone International: +61 448881101 Australia: 0448 881 101

We thank those sponsors that have committed early to our project. they are the key to being able to do early testing and purchase of the necessary equipment. To fly our equipment on a balloon to test it, it takes a weekend of our time and about $2,000 dollars in cash. The balloons can cost over $500 and the gas over $500. We have the 1,500km travel, accommodation, food and much more. A burst balloon can cost us $1,000 before we even launch!

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Mission Patches36912
Tee Shirts + Caps2345
Name and Logo on WebsiteTier 4Tier 3Tier 2Tier 1
Autographed Photo2345
Have us talk at your event *NO - we will quoteNO - we will quoteYESYES x 2
Name / Logo on ThunderStruck15cm x 15cm
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30cm x 15cm
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30cm x 15cm
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2nd Choice of Position **
30cm x 30cm
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1st Choice of Position **
Name on Sponsor Stand; Backdrops and Slides setsYES SmallestYES MediumYES LargeYES Largest
Opportunity to speak at the press conferenceNONOYESYES
Opportunity to Speak at the post success Dinner in SydneyYes - 2 minsYES - 4 minsYES - 6 minsYES - 10 mins
Sponsorship plaque YESYESYESYES
Your Logo on our dress overallsYESYESYESYES x 2
Press the big red release button ***NONONOYES

Become our Platinum Sponsor and launch ThunderStruck!

Become our Platinum Sponsor and launch ThunderStruck!

* Conditions Apply – travel, etc handled by the sponsor.

** First in each sponsorship level gets first choice

*** You are invited to the launch as our guest and you will release ThunderStruck on its supersonic flight. Transport for two is covered on all travel within Australia and accommodation twin share.

Media Coverage of Sponsors

We will have a massive TV, Radio, Press and online coverage of this event at many different times in the project. The sooner that you are a sponsor, the more benefit you will have. The announcements along the way and the event coverage will generate a huge interest and get our sponsors’ names in the media.

At each event, we will display our sponsor’s list in a foldable banner


Bronze Sponsors:

PlusComms Pty Limited (Australia)

PlusComms scaled Down Banner Logo - Bronze Sponsor

A Leader in Communications technology, Space Communications, Mining Communications and tunnel communications including AM and FM Radio ReBroadcast – suitable for car parks.

Team Stellar

GLXP_Team_Logo_Stellar Bronze Sponsor

A Google Lunar X Prize Team and strong supporter of our endeavours.


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.