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Offline QuantumG

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Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« on: 04/06/2012 02:52 AM »
"The Hermes spacecraft is a fully reusable, vertical takeoff, horizontal landing, suborbital launch platform designed to provide space tourists, scientists and technology developers with the launch capabilities they want, when they want it and for a price they can afford."

More information at http://www.hermesspace.com/hermes/about or watch:



Pumped? You can contribute to the project here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hermesspace/hermes-spacecraft

As little as $1, as much as $10k. I chose the $25 option to get non-public updates direct to my inbox, but the $75 option was pretty tantalizing too - I don't have that many space related T-shirts! :)

« Last Edit: 04/06/2012 03:00 AM by QuantumG »
I hear those things are awfully loud. It glides as softly as a cloud. What's it called? Monowhale!

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #1 on: 04/06/2012 11:50 AM »
The design doesn't seem to be superior to the SpaceShipTwo or the Lynx, and I don't see why I should support this project over the others.
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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #2 on: 04/06/2012 01:33 PM »
Totally different ballpark.
I hear those things are awfully loud. It glides as softly as a cloud. What's it called? Monowhale!

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #3 on: 04/06/2012 04:10 PM »
Totally different ballpark.

Can you elaborate?
"Cheese has been sent into space before. But the same cheese has never been sent into space twice." - StephenB

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #4 on: 04/06/2012 10:08 PM »
   Ohhhhh... be very careful about this proposal.
I am being most charitable to call it a proposal.

 The link I went to mentions a high-altitude balloon as (part of?)
 the launch system.
   
Where have I read or heard about that before?
  Project Da Vinci?
  JP Aerospace?
   ARCA?
  (I will be gracious with ARCA; they did use a balloon-rocket combination
  to attain a peak altitude of 40 kilometers for the unmanned Helen 2)

   I wouldn't spend a penny on this Hermes though.
 

 Anything involving live humans as payload meant to be sent up on balloon launching platforms with the intended goal of suborbital or orbital flight, I steer clear of. So should you.
Hopefully this most suspect of 'projects' will die a quiet death.
 



There is the space fanatic.
There is the space enthusiast.
The first is blind to many realities, and often accepts worthless claims at face value.
The second patiently endures the failures and setbacks, and rejoices
in and savors the success of genuine and competent space project
developers and planners.


I prefer to consider myself the latter.
« Last Edit: 04/06/2012 10:17 PM by Moe Grills »

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #5 on: 04/10/2012 04:12 AM »
Thanks for your support!  Any contributions or spreading the word is greatly appreciated!

"The Hermes spacecraft is a fully reusable, vertical takeoff, horizontal landing, suborbital launch platform designed to provide space tourists, scientists and technology developers with the launch capabilities they want, when they want it and for a price they can afford."

More information at http://www.hermesspace.com/hermes/about or watch:



Pumped? You can contribute to the project here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hermesspace/hermes-spacecraft

As little as $1, as much as $10k. I chose the $25 option to get non-public updates direct to my inbox, but the $75 option was pretty tantalizing too - I don't have that many space related T-shirts! :)



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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #6 on: 04/10/2012 04:22 AM »
I've clarified the text on the website.  We have two different mission profiles.  One is utilizing a high altitude ballon to take our payload to ~100,000 feet.  This will be useful in performing high altitude drop tests without needing to utilize our primary propulsion system during testing, and generating revenue prior to offering our primary mission profile.

Which is a VTHL Hybrid Propulsion RLV.  There is no balloon staging.

I encourage you to take a longer look at our group.  We have a wide array of talent and passion behind our work.  There are people much smarter than me providing support and guidance. 

As of right now, our core team works for ourselves and is paid nothing. We all have other full time jobs and largely support our project from our own funding, but we're working hard to change that. We're hoping our Kickstarter campaign will help take us to the next level.

Ultimately... you cannot build a space-rated vehicle on an every-day budget. That's why our Kickstarter campaign is so important, it's allowing STAR Systems to take our work to the next level and it's sending a message that the general public can still get excited about space.

-Mark

Hermes Spacecraft
A Technology project in Phoenix, AZ by STAR Systems
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hermesspace/hermes-spacecraft

   Ohhhhh... be very careful about this proposal.
I am being most charitable to call it a proposal.

 The link I went to mentions a high-altitude balloon as (part of?)
 the launch system.
   
Where have I read or heard about that before?
  Project Da Vinci?
  JP Aerospace?
   ARCA?
  (I will be gracious with ARCA; they did use a balloon-rocket combination
  to attain a peak altitude of 40 kilometers for the unmanned Helen 2)

   I wouldn't spend a penny on this Hermes though.
 

 Anything involving live humans as payload meant to be sent up on balloon launching platforms with the intended goal of suborbital or orbital flight, I steer clear of. So should you.
Hopefully this most suspect of 'projects' will die a quiet death.
 



There is the space fanatic.
There is the space enthusiast.
The first is blind to many realities, and often accepts worthless claims at face value.
The second patiently endures the failures and setbacks, and rejoices
in and savors the success of genuine and competent space project
developers and planners.


I prefer to consider myself the latter.

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #7 on: 04/11/2012 04:25 AM »
New infographic.

I hear those things are awfully loud. It glides as softly as a cloud. What's it called? Monowhale!

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #8 on: 04/11/2012 04:35 AM »
Times like this I wish I wasn't living out of an overdraft, but it's on here, it'll drive things, so that's all good! Remember, always say YES to spaceplanes!

How good is OTmikhail too! He's a member here! He wipes the floor with that increasing the awesome guy. ;D

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #9 on: 04/11/2012 02:18 PM »
Hey:

Yes to spaceplanes!
Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #10 on: 04/27/2012 09:09 PM »
Just a reminder to folks:

Less than 28 hours to go.  They have 272 backers so far and have raised $18,480 out of the $20,000 they were looking for.  If you think this is worthwhile, you may want to help them cross the finish line, otherwise it will not get funded.


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« Reply #11 on: 04/28/2012 04:08 PM »
Congrats on reaching the goal!

Offline mtakala24

Re: Hermes Spaceplane Needs Your Contributions
« Reply #12 on: 04/28/2012 10:44 PM »
just can't say no to a spaceplane. Congrats!

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