Howdy, fusion folks-
We’ve discussed crowdfunding in the past, but now that we have announced that we’re officially in the planning stages of a crowdfunding campaign to support the final push for focus fusion feasibility, I wanted to start a new thread for your feedback. This will be a major effort modeled after such successful campaigns as the Planetary Resources ARKYD space telescope, aiming for a similar raise of $750k to $1M.
To get the discussion going, I’ve shared a list of possible rewards for your feedback. It’s still a work in progress and will need to evolve based on what crowdfunding platform is used. For example, the “Solar Light” reward is the kind of charitable/cause reward that would most likely be against Kickstarter guidelines, but would be fine on Indiegogo or another platform. Similarly, we’ll need to decide on Fixed vs Flexible funding—Flexible means we’ll get to keep whatever funds are raised, but pay a higher fee if we don’t make the target—Then again, Fixed funding means we need to raise our full goal or get nothing.
$1 /everyone - Printable PDF folding activity—Create your FOCUS FUSION FORTUNE FLOWER
$10 - Awesomely informed - Receive newsletter, feel awesome
$25 - Awesome science ahead of the curve - Receive pre-prints of publications resulting from this crowdfunding, including an EXCLUSIVE video link walking you through the science
$42 - The answer to everything, and your key to a PERSONALIZED PLASMA PORTRAIT - Send us an image of yourself or the creative subject of your choice, and we’ll re-capture it through the same camera used to image the fusion plasma pulse!
$55 - All of the above + membership in the Focus Fusion Society
$75 - Power TOMORROW, Power TODAY - Fund tomorrow’s unlimited energy while addressing energy poverty TODAY - A solar lamp will be donated in your name to provide 4-hours of clean, bright light to help families in the developing world study & work after dark
$100 and up - IMMORTALITY AMIDST THE IONS - Your name will be engraved on a plaque that will remain affixed to Focus Fusion-1
$125 - Fuse your way to MARS - Membership in the Mars Society or Planetary Society…
$150 - pB11 BRACELET OF POWER educational kit
$200 - Power to the PEOPLE! - 2 SOLAR LAMPS IN YOUR NAME
$325 - SEE THE SCIENCE - Personal guided tour of the FoFu-1 lab
$420 - Set of FOUR pB11 Bracelet educational kits
$450 - SCOOP THE SMITHSONIAN Level 1 - Small lab relic (ceramic fragment, small gasket) - $500 - + optional engraving
$550 - STEER THE SCIENCE - *YOU* get to set the parameters for a FOFU-1 shot ;-D
$650 - Power a family - send FIVE solar lights to fight energy poverty IMMEDIATELY in the developing world
$1000 - SCOOP THE SMITHSONIAN Level 2 - Large copper gasket or equivalent relic
$1050 - + optional engraving
$1750 - SCOOP THE SMITHSONIAN Level 3 - Receive a copper rod used in earlier iterations of FoFu’s electrodes, a viewport etched by FoFu’s plasma, or even a switch-blasted spark plug!
$2500 - SUPER-STEER THE SCIENCE - After appropriate training, YOU GET TO PRESS THE BUTTON to fire FoFu at your desired parameters
$5000 - SCOOP THE SMITHSONIAN Level 4 - A High Voltage switch plate from FoFU-1’s original high voltage switches (limit 24)
$10000 Power a SCHOOL to fight energy poverty in the developing world + SCOOP THE SMITHSONIAN Ultimate level - Aluminum hot plate damaged by FoFu-1’s mightiest blast! (limit 4) with optional engraving
$150,000 - NAMING RIGHTS - Focus Fusion-1 is descriptive but a little bland, but for this amount you can fix that! Just imagine, the ExxonMobil Focus Fusion-1 machine…...
$500,000 - Pending technical success, receive the 1st FoFu generator that comes off the assembly line (estimated delivery: 2019)