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PROJECT KARMAN: 1 Launch, 10 Months, 100 Kilometers to Space!

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
153 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Project Karman Donors: Claim Your Rewards!

February 07, 2018

Dear supporters of Project Karman, 


The spring semester has officially begun for all UC Berkeley students, which means Space Enterprise at Berkeley is kicking things into full gear as we begin production of Eureka-1 and prepare for launch this upcoming summer. 


If you donated to our crowdfunding campaign last semester and wish to redeem your reward, there are two important steps you need to take:


(1) Please email so we can have a way to contact you.

Depending on the level at which you donated, we will soon be reaching out and requesting further information, e.g. a home address to which we can send your personalized patch or an invitation to tour our production facility. If you do not wish to redeem your reward, you can skip this step. 


(2) Subscribe to our monthly newsletter on our main website (scroll to the bottom of the page)

Since our crowdfunding campaign has officially ended, we'll be using this newsletter as our primary means of informing you of all the exciting developments with Project Karman, Eureka-1, special events, and so much more! 


Feel free to email us with any further questions or concerns.


Bright stars,

Space Enterprise at Berkeley





One Final Push to $30K: LAST CALL!

October 31, 2017

With just about 20 minutes left in the rest of our crowdfunding campaign, we are only $200 short of our stretch goal of $30,000. If you are willing and able, please donate anything you can -- even if it's a $5 gift -- and help us break our goal!!



Space Enterprise at Berkeley 


October 29, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our campaign. We have officially surpassed our initial fundraising goal of $25,000, placing us at 107% of our goal raised!


Now, we want to push even further and set our new stretch goal at $30,000. Please continue to support Eureka-1 by spreading the word about us to friends, family, and colleagues, as well as sharing our campaign on social media.


On behalf of the entire team, thank you once again and Go Bears!

Crowdfunding Progress and Team Branch Updates!

October 20, 2017


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:

Design Branch

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!

Production Branch

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.

Business Branch

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!



October 10, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our campaign thus far. We have already raised $10,460 from 48 donors, meaning we're in perfect progress for our October fundraising goal of $25,000!

Tonight, we officially challenged colleges across the globe to join us in the Intercollegiate Space Race of the 21st Century, competing to see who can truly be the first college team to reach space with its own rocket. Through the UN-backed World Space Week Association, we were able to broadcast this challenge internationally! See their Facebook post here: To see more details regarding the formal rules of the competition, visit

So far, we've contacted the following organizations and are eagerly awaiting their responses: 

  • USC Rocket Propulsion Lab
  • Boston University Rocket Propulsion Group
  • Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering
  • Hybrid Engine Development
  • Rocket Project at UCLA
  • SEDS at UC San Diego
  • Stanford Student Space Initiative
  • Columbia Space Initiative
  • The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative
  • San Diego State Rocket Project
  • MIT Rocket Team

This truly has the capacity to rekindle a global passion for space development. Even more, this can completely revolutionize the impact that college students can have on the industry as a whole. To stay up-to-date on all things Space Race, follow our social media accounts and, if possible, please share our story and video to your friends, families, and colleagues!

Twitter: seberkeley Instagram: seberkeley Facebook: Space Enterprise at Berkeley YouTube: Space Enterprise at Berkeley

And last but not least, Go Bears!

Our way
of Thanking You


Thank You on Website/EUREKA-1

Donor’s name displayed on an exclusive “Thank You” page on our website and sent with a photo to the on-board computer of EUREKA-1.

39 of 5000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Thank You on Social Media

Donor’s name thanked on all our global audience social media platforms. Donor receives all previous perks.

20 of 2500 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Engraved Mission Patch

Receive personalized laser-etched mission patch as a thank you from our team. Donor receives all previous perks.

19 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Come Tour Our Facility

Invitation to facility tour event. Donor receives all previous perks.

12 of 500 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Become a Bronze Patron

Donor’s name displayed in all promotional videos. Donor’s name displayed in all public presentations. Donor receives all previous perks.

5 of 250 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Become a Silver Patron

Donor’s name decaled on all team transportation vehicles/facilities. Donor’s name printed in all banners and flyers. Donor receives all previous perks.

1 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Become a Gold Patron

Donor’s name mentioned in all public presentations. Donor’s name mentioned in all promotional videos. Donor’s name mentioned in all outreach events. Donor’s name decaled on EUREKA-1 rocket. Donor receives all previous perks.

0 of 17 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017


Send Something into Space

Donor will get the opportunity to send any item less than 1 pound of the donor's choice into space and receive back the space-traveled item. Donor’s name mentioned in all press-interviews. Donor’s name mentioned in Space-Shot Launch Event. Invitation to Annual Team Banquet. Invitation to Space-Shot Launch Event. Donor receives all previous perks.

0 of 9 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2017
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