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Our Space Project

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on March 6, 2012

You may remember that I met a guy on line called Raul – the Rocketeer from Romania which I posted about.

Well we did our project up. Which was not just fun, but a world first. Again it wasn’t a revenue project, just a fun cool thing that is possible with the all cheap technology we have today.

What was it? We sent a Lego Space Shuttle into Space. Into Orbit, 130,000 feet above earth and retrieved it via GPS. We filmed it with a Go Pro camera. Our mini tribute to the now defunct Space Shuttle Program. See video below.

A quirky Fact – we had to super glue to pieces together so that the ship would survive the 200km per hour winds in the stratosphere.

The really cool thing, is that Raul Oaida has become an overnight celebrity in Romania and was featured in the evening news as well as on the front page of their national newspaper below.

There is a lot we can learn from this little micro project. Raul has a massive entrepreneurial spirit. He worked day and night to get the launch up on a tight timeline, and even bootstrapped many of the issues we had before the launch. In fact, he organised a trip to Germany, which was the only country who would give us air traffic clearance to do it in Europe. We both used our different skills sets: Raul was the science man – he did all the hard stuff. I was the ideas man, the Venture Capitalist – I came up with the concept, funded it and worked with Raul on delivering the project. The really great thing is that we matched our skills to create something of value (albeit non-financial). Less than 10 years ago none of this would have been possible, and we never would have found each other (which was via Skype).  Very cool.

The kicker – my new mini project is with Raul as the Chief Engineer- and if you think this was cool, the next thing we do is going to blow you away. Stay tuned.

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  1. Ross Hill (@rosshill) said, on March 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    That’s rad!

  2. @samotage said, on March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Epic Win!

  3. [...] model 3367.Unable to finance the project himself, Raul convinced Australian Internet entrepreneur Steve Sammartino to invest in the project after pitching it to the Venture Capitalist on Skype.The pair are now [...]

  4. [...] who had had similar experiences, so I thought it might be a fun one to open up here on the blog.Our Space ProjectPosted by Steve Sammartino on March 6, 2012You may remember that I met a guy on line called Raul [...]

  5. Josh Moore said, on March 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Any chance we can get a lego X-wing up there next?

    Or perhaps a Lego Jack Sparrow to fly around the world?

    Well done guys, the video is starting to tip.

  6. dezso said, on March 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Now where and how did you find your stuff after landing?

  7. Mathieu said, on March 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Beside the images that will last, your conclusion was trully the same thing that I was thinking when reading the story on raul Blog :
    “The really great thing is that we matched our skills to create something of value (albeit non-financial). Less than 10 years ago none of this would have been possible, and we never would have found each other”
    congrat to both of you.

  8. Daniel Pasos (@tunewithinus) said, on March 15, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Awesome job! What gas did you use in the balloon to make it rise that high?

  9. Wordpress plugins said, on March 23, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Wow, this is really awesome, I’m surprised it got ONLY 700k views. I’ll do my part and show it to all of my friends :)


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