As we work to recruit additional team members, the vision for the project also begins to solidify.
Have fun! Launch of a vehicle and payload into suborbital space, at least 26km above earth. Conduct suborbital science experiments and high-altitude photography. But the emphasis is on…fun!
What’s In It for the Kids?:
Introduction of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics] and Project Planning concepts. Exploring scrap-booking and video editing to document the project. Lots of fun, and fodder for future show-and-tell days or science fairs.
What Must the Kids Put Into It?:
Occasional team meetings and small “homework assignments” to complete with parental support. The best of their creativity, drawing, and early math, science, and writing skills
What Will “Hjerpe Space Center” Put Into It?:
Overall project management. Overall risk management. Basic STEM instruction, and projects to reinforce learning. Capital investment associated with the airframe and electronics
What’s in It for Parent Advisers?:
Educational entertainment for your kids. Learning and fun for you as well. “Go / No-Go” veto power regarding overall launch readiness. “Go / No-Go” veto power regarding launch window. Weird tales to tell at social events and at work
What Must Parent Advisers Put Into It?:
Transportation to/from meetings. Transportation to/from launch and recovery sites. Occasionally sponsoring snacks or meals at meetings. Limited financial support — details and estimates will be forthcoming. Assistance with various activities on Launch Day.
The Ideal Mission Team:
A select group of participants is sought, and participants are by invitation of “Hjerpe Space Center” only. Recommendations, however, are welcome. The targeted number of external participants is 3-5.
More to come on this important topic…