Green Launch Project Updates

June 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Pneumatic Components Received
Phil Sluter of TriAxial Design and John Hunter refined and optimized the tubing and fittings to control the gas loading of the gun and safe firing. Firm order was placed on June 2 for the major components. Essentially all of the parts have now been received and assembly started on July 6. Photo shows Don Whitney, Ray Tinker, and John Hunter with one of the four main manifold panels.

Preliminary Patent Applications Submitted
There are several aspects of the Green Launch system which we belief are novel and patentable. Therefore, John Hunter has written these up and submitted them to the US Patent Office for approval.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Green Launch on TV
Due to studio logistical problems, John Hunter and Eric Robinson did not get to complete the taping session for a national television show. However, we hope to have another opportunity this coming Fall to appear on the show and thereby publicize Green Launch and increase awareness of our activities.

Pneumatic Components Assembly
This work is under way in San Diego. A convenient location has been confirmed for assembly and testing of the pneumatic manifolds to deliver the various gases to the launch tube. Each manifold will consist of valves gauges and connections mounted on a panel to allow for easy transportability and assembly. We also plan a subscale testing of the gun components.

 


May 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Yuma Test Preparations
John Hunter and Don Whitney made another 3-day trip to YPG starting May 1 to coordinate several aspects of preparation for a series of horizontal test shots this summer:
• Meeting with YPG staff to discuss our test plans and schedule
• Tour and measurements of EM Building for optimum location of gun, target area, gas cylinders, and connection to control bunker
• Review of draft SOP /checklists for gun operation
• Refinements of pneumatic components and fail-safe operations

Green Launch Logo and Sales Mark
We have submitted the online application to register the logo and stylized format of Green Launch with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Pneumatic Components Order Finalization
John Hunter has refined and optimized the tubing and fittings to control the gas loading of the gun and safe firing. Firm order was placed on June 2 for the major components.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Green Launch on TV
John Hunter and Eric Robinson have been tentatively invited to appear on a national television show. This will be a great opportunity to publicize Green Launch and increase awareness of our activities.

Preliminary Patent Application in Progress
There are several aspects of the Green Launch system which we belief are novel and patentable. Therefore, we are in the process of preparing an application.

 


April 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kickstarter Campaign

We believe that the elements of the campaign materials and video make a good case for the Green Launch development and test plan. Unfortunately, it looks like the online pledges will fall short of the goal of $95,000. However, our horizontal test development will move forward with the money we have on hand (see below).

Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Test Contract

The U.S. Army has incorporated our Green Launch plan of test activities into a formal contract. Don Whitney signed the contract for Green Launch and the YPG Test Directorate has also signed. Now we can proceed with using YPG equipment and manpower as required.

Yuma Test Preparation

John Hunter made another trip to YPG starting April 17 to coordinate several preparation aspects:
• Gun tube (7” x 55’) has been moved from the “bone yard” to an inspection / work area
• Gun tube interior cleaned and visually inspected for imperfections (none found)
• Breech block separated and moved to San Diego for modifications for gas connections

Interest from Supporters and Investors

A testament to the potential of the Green Launch concept is continuing contacts and inquiries we receive through our website.
• Technical questions and suggestions about Green Launch
• Offers to invest in Green Launch (none accepted at this point)
• Inquiry from a major defense contract about horizontal research firing

Green Launch on The Space Show
John Hunter was interviewed by Dr. Livingston on the radio / online show and took questions from the public about Green Launch.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Horizontal Test Preparation
John Hunter is continuing to plan for a series of 15 test shots this summer at YPG
• Design of test plan with gradually increasing chamber pressures
• Sourcing light gas mixtures, storage tanking, and pricing from suppliers
• Sourcing gas piping, fittings, and controllers from suppliers
• Layout of test components and target area at the YPG range
• Test operating procedures and safety protocols

 


March 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kickstarter Campaign

The elements of the campaign materials have been completed and been approved by the Kickstarter organization. These include a text description of Green Launch, a video, and rewards for different levels of contributions. The Green Launch team has commitments of $120,000 from team members, family, and friends towards Phase 1 of the program. We estimate that this is slightly more than half of the expense required to achieve the Phase 1 goal of a launch to the Karman Line of space. Therefore, we have set a Kickstarter campaign goal of $95,000. The campaign should start officially in mid-March. Please visit the website and make a contribution.

Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Testing Contract
The U.S. Army has incorporated our Green Launch plan of activities for testing into a formal contract. Don Whitney signed the contract for Green Launch and returned it to the YPG Test Directorate for their signature. Expect final signatures in April.

WORK IN PROGRESS

YPG Testing Contract
Green Launch delivered our plan of activities for testing to the YPG Test Directorate. The contract for YPG services and range use is now in review with government contract staff. Expect final signatures early 2017.

Green Launch at Mars Society
John Hunter has been invited to give a plenary talk at the Mars Society annual convention at UC Irvine CA, September 7-10, 2017. Schedule permitting, we will try to be there.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Horizontal Test Preparation
John Hunter and Phil Sluder made another trip to YPG on March 30. The purpose was to make further detailed measurements of the 175 mm tube so that detailed drawings can be made. They also met with YPG personnel to discuss horizontal test locations on the range and plans for NDT testing of the tube.

 


February 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kickstarter Campaign
The elements of the campaign materials have been completed and been approved by the Kickstarter organization. These include a text description of Green Launch, a video, and rewards for different levels of contributions. The Green Launch team has commitments of $120,000 from team members, family, and friends towards Phase 1 of the program. We estimate that this is slightly more than half of the expense required to achieve the Phase 1 goal of a launch to the Karman Line of space. Therefore, we have set a Kickstarter campaign goal of $95,000. The campaign should start officially in mid-March. Please visit the website and make a contribution.

WORK IN PROGRESS

YPG Testing Contract
Green Launch delivered our plan of activities for testing to the YPG Test Directorate. The contract for YPG services and range use is now in review with government contract staff. Expect final signatures early 2017.

Green Launch at Mars Society
John Hunter has been invited to give a plenary talk at the Mars Society annual convention at UC Irvine CA, September 7-10, 2017. Schedule permitting, we will try to be there.

 


January 2017

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Small Payload Design Demonstration
John Hunter has been experimenting with small off-the-shelf commercial components which can be assembled into our expected early payload volume (white cylinders) approximately 1 ¼ inch diameter by 4 inches long. These components can be programmed from a laptop computer to perform various functions. The blue model is a notional design for the vehicle and the white sabot structure will enclose the vehicle and provide support within the walls of the launch tube. The yellow golf balls provide a visual demonstration that modern electronics can take 30,000 Gs with minor modifications.

Don Whitney at Lions Club of Downtown Oklahoma City
Don presented the Green Launch PowerPoint at the January 24 meeting of this illustrious 100 year-old club of the city. Enthusiastic club members and high school seniors asked many questions.

Eric Robinson collects Green Launch Supporters and Advisors
Eric is in the process of contacting recognized space experts to obtain their endorsements of the Green Launch concept of efficiently delivering small payloads to orbit. Names will be posted to the website as collected.

Green Launch, LLC
This business name has been registered in the state of Oklahoma. Accounts with this name have been created at a bank, PayPal, and a credit card company to pay expenses and to receive donations.

WORK IN PROGRESS

YPG Testing Contract
Green Launch delivered our plan of activities for testing to the YPG Test Directorate. The contract for YPG services and range use is now in review with government contract staff. Expect final signatures early 2017.

Kickstarter Campaign
Additional funding will be required beyond the amounts pledged by team members, family, and friends. We plan to use social media “crowd funding” to generate the rest. The campaign description, rewards, and other details are now in development. Expected start date early 2017.

Small Payload Design Demonstration
Rob Fryer and John Hunter have been experimenting with small off-the-shelf commercial components which can be assembled into our expected early payload volume of a cylinder approximately 1 ¼ inch diameter by 4 inches long. These components can be programed from a laptop computer to perform various functions.

 


December 2016

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Facility Photos
Green Launch Team visited YPG on October 18 through 20, 2016. We took many photos which have now been released by the Public Information Office. These facilities, equipment, and services will be invaluable for our series of test launches. Photos top to bottom:

Dr. John Hunter at San Diego State University (SDSU)
John did the Green Launch PowerPoint presentation at a December 7 meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter.

Facebook Page
An early version is now on line. Please check it out periodically for updates and new material. Link:
https://www.facebook.com/ImpulseLaunch/

Website Page
ZenThree has developed a customized webpage for Green Launch. Please check it out periodically for updates and new material. Link: http://GreenLaunch.org

WORK IN PROGRESS

YPG Testing Contract
Green Launch delivered our plan of activities for testing to the YPG Test Directorate. The contract for YPG services and range use is now in review with government contract staff. Expect final signatures early 2017.

Kickstarter Campaign
Additional funding will be required beyond the amounts pledged by team members, family, and friends. We plan to use social media “crowd funding” to generate the rest. The campaign description, rewards, and other details are now in development. Expected start date early 2017.

Small Payload Design Demonstration
Rob Fryer and John Hunter have been experimenting with small off-the-shelf commercial components which can be assembled into our expected early payload volume of a cylinder approximately 1 ¼ inch diameter by 4 inches long. These components can be programed from a laptop computer to perform various functions.

 


November 2016

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

teamYuma Proving Ground (YPG) Site Visit
Four Green Launch team members (photo L-R: John Hunter, Don Whitney, Steve Kane, Rob Fryer) visited YPG on October 18 through 20, 2016. Major activities included discussions with YPG staff on support available, tour and selection of optimum range sites for horizontal and vertical firing, video inspection of tube interior (looks good!), and painting exterior of tube white.

Dr. John Hunter on the radio The Space Show
John gave a detailed overview of Green Launch plans to demonstrate the practical application of economical impulse launch to space. The format was a live interview with Dr. David Livingston and aired on October 9, 2016.

http://www.thespaceshow.com/show/09-oct-2016/broadcast-2791-dr.-john-hunter

Facebook Page
An early version is now on line. Please check it out periodically for updates and new material. Link:
https://www.facebook.com/ImpulseLaunch/

PowerPoint
A Power Point overview of the Green Launch vision has been developed to be posted on the webpage and other media. The 27-page briefing includes the heritage of similar programs, performance expectations, and the business case for impulse launch.

WORK IN PROGRESS

gl-2YPG Testing Contract
Green Launch prepared and delivered our plan of activities for testing to the YPG Test Directorate. The contract for YPG services and range use is now in review with government contract staff. Expect final signatures in December 2016.

Website
A contract has been signed with ZENTHREE to develop a website for Green Launch. Please check it out periodically for updates and new material. Expect activation by end of November or early December 2016. Link: http://GreenLaunch.org

Kickstarter Campaign
Additional funding will be required beyond the amounts pledged by team members, family and friends. We plan to use social media funding to generate the rest. The campaign description, rewards, and other details are now in development. Expect start date in January 2017.

Small Payload Design Demonstration
Rob Fryer has been experimenting with small off-the-shelf commercial components which can be assembled into our expected early payload volume of a cylinder approximately 1 ¼ inch diameter by 4 inches long. These components can be programed from a laptop computer to perform various functions.