Adam Brinckerhoff, SpaceUnited
Arvada, CO - Nonprofit humanitarian space agency, SpaceUnited, is excited to announce the publication of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first official launch of ExploraLab; an affordable, 3D printed, rocket-shaped payload carrier that will take customer science experiments to the edge of space and back.
To accomplish this, SpaceUnited is partnering with Edge of Space Sciences and Metropolitan State University of Denver to fly 50 ExploraLabs in rural Colorado on Saturday, September 13th. ExploraLabs fly on high altitude balloons to an altitude of 100,000 ft -- approximately three times the height of a commercial airliner.
The Kickstarter campaign began June 30th and will run through August 2nd. During that time, the general public will have the opportunity to purchase ExploraLabs for $75, $100, or $200. The first level includes one ExploraLab, the second level includes two ExploraLabs with one being donated to a STEM student group, and the third level involves both ExploraLabs plus an invitation to the launch.
After the campaign ends, SpaceUnited will 3D print and ship empty ExploraLabs to the 50 launch participants. Backers will then create and put their experiments in the Easter-egg-sized payload carriers, and ship them back. After the launch, each ExploraLab will be returned, and its owner will then be able to keep their carrier and experiment.
SpaceUnited is celebrating the start of the ExploraLab Kickstarter campaign with a party from at The Ginn Mill in Denver from 6-10 PM MT on Monday, June 30th. The general public is invitated to join the festivities, which will include a team trivia competition and a silent auction. Local Colorado businesses including Bavarian Motors, Element, Euclid Hall, Colorado Cut & Color Co., Comedy Works, Lala’s Wine Bar, Ocean Prime, and Sam's No. 3 have donated prizes and The Ginn Mill will give their profits from the event as well.