Meet Logan Kugler, a space enthusiast/trekkie with one simple goal: to send Captains Picard and Kirk into near-space — well, their action figures at least! Kugler has started a now fully funded (but still taking pledges for the next 24-hours) Kickstarter project to finance a high-altitude balloon that will send action figures of Captains Kirk and Picard along with their respective starship models (and a few of their friends) to a height of 120,000 feet along with cameras to capture the entire event. They are even selling the Kirk action figure and the model of the USS Enterprise that he flies to space on for the next 24-hours on their Kickstarter page!
Help make it so by checking out Kugler’s Kickstarter page, which has been funded to send Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and Lt. Data action figures along with a model Enterprise D as well as Captain Kirk and specially made JJ Abrams and Roberto Orci action figures with the Star Trek 2009 model of the Enterprise NCC-1701 (no bloody A, B, C, or D) PLUS five cameras, which will capture the entire event in three glorious dimensions all into near-space. GPS and HAM trackers will also be onboard to document the balloon’s movements.
Kugler has teamed up with a group of experienced young people who are experts in sending stuff into near space on high-altitude balloons. Most high-altitude balloons only reach 80 or 90,000 feet, but this trekked out space vessel plans to make it all the way to 120,000 feet, just shy of the high-altitude balloon world record. What’s more, with all of the cool tech packed onto this launch, it will be the most complex rig to reach that incredible height. The flight will also make the Starfleet captains the second highest “people” in the world, behind only the astronauts on the International Space Station. At the flight’s climax, it will be above 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere.
“I’m a huge Star Trek fan,” says project lead Logan Kugler, an entrepreneur and space enthusiast based in Silicon Valley. “I’ve watched more than 20,000 minutes of Star Trek in total and it’s done more to expand my imagination than anything else. Picard and Kirk are the heroes of this incredibly inspiring fictional world and they’ve never actually been to space – so I think it’s time we send them there.”
The launch takes place on May 5th, and along with all of the video footage taken by the team, the Discovery Channel will be there to document the entire thing! The Kickstarter is already fully funded, but you can still be a part of it (and snag some awesome rewards) for the next 24 hours — the project closes tomorrow! Some of the rewards still available include:
- Star Trek communicator button that will have flown to edge of space with Picard and Kirk
- The *actual* Kirk action figure or model of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 that Kirk flies to the edge of space on
- A copy of the final production video of the historic flight
Snag some cool prizes in the next 24 hours over at Kickstarter!