To all of our supporters, each of us here at Space Enterprise at Berkeley wants to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for donating to PROJECT KARMAN. Because of you, our campaign has raised the most money so far this month out of all 21 other crowdfunding campaigns, as well as brought in the most donors overall! None of this could have happened without your help, so just know you're making history right alongside us.
However, time is running out, and we still haven't met our ultimate goal of $25,000. So, we need you to help us spread the word! Whether via email, social media, or simply word of mouth, you can help us make PROJECT KARMAN a global initiative, inspiring individuals across the world to join us on this endeavor. Plus, we've made it easy for you -- simply copy and paste the following caption templates!
The three branches have each been working hard on their October assignments. Here's a quick update on what we've all been up to:
The Payload Team is in the process of choosing a biological-based experiment to send on Eureka-1. As of now, the team is researching the effects of ionizing radiation on blood and antifreeze proteins.
The Propulsion Team has completed its first CAD-model for Eureka-1's propulsion system; specifically, through a pressure-fed design, they are combining film cooling and regenerative cooling systems. Overall, the team is in the process of running simulations on such components so as to finalize an engine design by December.
If you're interested in a more technical overview of the design and production of Eureka-1, check out the AMA we recently did on Reddit -- we answered everyone's questions regarding PROJECT KARMAN and more!
The Fabrication Team is in the process of renovating a 30,000 square ft aircraft hangar through the Berkeley Global Campus. This hangar will be ready for rocket production by the very beginning of January. The team manager, Graham Johnson, is currently compiling a list for all of the tools and supplies necessary for building Eureka-1, ranking these in order of importance, and figuring out the most cost-effective way to obtain such equipment.
In addition, in order to be able to work safely in this facility, the Safety Team has been developing proper on-site safety protocol and scheduling members for OSCHA trainings to help minimize risk during production.
The Marketing Team has continued to reach out to colleges across the globe to spread the word about our Intercollegiate Space Race and get more schools involved. As of now, we have two institutions -- Hybrid Engine Development in Germany, and Georgia Tech in the United States -- that have expressed interest. With more targeted outreach, we are going to get as many universities on board as possible!
This weekend, our three Chief Officers and Propulsion Team Manager traveled to Santa Monica for the Space Settlement Summit (see picture below), where we met with one of our sponsors, National Space Society. There are a few other exciting business developments in the works, but you'll hear more about these over the next couple of weeks. For now, remember to keep sharing our story, and GO BEARS!