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1000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space

A project in Rancho Cordova, CA by John Powell

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We're sending 1000 student project to the edge of space. Each one inside a ping pong ball.
Backers: 457
Average Pledge Per Backer: $27

Funded: $12,466 of $9,000
Dates: Jul 17th -> Aug 16th (30 days)
Project By: John Powell
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Latest News

Launch Party: a crowdfunding revolution ignites the next space race

January 31st - via:
Inside an old storage warehouse in an abandoned shipyard in Copenhagen, Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen have been building a one-man rocket ship they intend to send on a 15-minute, parabolic trip to the edge of space and back. Von Bengston and Madsen’s non-profit, private space agency is called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and is probably the most extreme do-it-yourself project in the world. Von Bengston is an architect and former NASA contractor. Madsen is an engineer who founded a DIY collective that built three submarines as a hobby. (Read More)

Kickstarter Pledges Topped $320 Million In 2012; Site Names Year's Top Projects

January 9th - via:
Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded entrepreneurs with online investors, funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says more than 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million. (Read More)

The Best of Kickstarter 2012

January 8th - via:
From groundbreaking projects to inspiring stories, 2012 was a year of many memorable moments on Kickstarter. To celebrate the year that was, our team put together this look back at some of our favorite projects and moments. We hope you enjoy! (Read More)

Just about to mail

November 1st - via:
We're running a bit behind, but we;re getting close to mailing out all the rewards and PongSats. We're just waiting on the DVDs to arrive from the production house (there are over 1,400 all together). We are expecting them in the next couple of days... (Read More)

Sorting and Editing

October 14th - via:
We are making great progress sorting PongSats and editing video. By Wednesday the editing will be done. We're hired a production house to make the nearly 1600 dvds for everybody. That will take a about five days then we'll start putting everything in... (Read More)

Makeup Mission

October 3rd - via:
There are about 200 PongSats and 25 cards that were not sent in for the mission. We are committed to getting absolutely everyone flown. If you didn't send your card or PongSat in and you were signed up send it in anyway. We are planning a mission for... (Read More)


October 3rd - via:

We flew!!!

October 1st - via:
All vehicles flown and recovered. Back and backing up images and data. There about 4 terabytes in all so it will be a couple of days (and there is also a fairly desperate need for sleep). However here's a quick scene from Away 70 above the world.  (Read More)

Mission Delayed One Week

September 5th - via:
There has been a scheduling conflict at the launch site. Two permits (one was ours) were issued for the same place at the same time. We've been bumped one week. The flights (it's up to six vehicles now to haul it all) will take place on September 29.... (Read More)

You did it!

August 16th - via:
We made!!!!! Thank you everyone! Now on to the mission.We've actually signed on over 1400 PongSats. With backers and PongSat experiments and JPA team members there are over 3000 people directly participating in this flight!  (Read More)

Full Load of PongSats

August 1st - via:
We've signed up over 1200 PongSats for the mission. I'm afraid we're full for this one. Next April we are flying another PongSat mission. Plenty of space available for that one. JP  (Read More)

We Made it!!!!

July 31st - via:
Thank you for all the support!!!! PongSat signups are coming in from all over the world. We are actually just over a thousand PongSats. But we think we can fit a few more on board! JP If we go higher on the backing it will really help with the... (Read More)

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