Campaign Complete!

Thank you for helping us make space for the people
$5000 Of $5000 Raised!

Update – March 23: We’ve reached our campaign goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated, spread the word, and supported us in our efforts to make space accessible to the masses.  This is an exciting time for BSE as we enter the last year of EQUiSat development, near the launch of our high-altitude balloon, and begin work on additional projects to carry the club forward.  Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. Thank you for your continued support in helping us put Brown in Space.


The renamed Brown Space Engineering Team has over 50 members building a small satellite, working on launching a high altitude balloon, and teaching in the Providence community. For nearly five years, these Brown undergraduate students have been developing a satellite the size of a tissue box that will redefine how we interact with space. To help fund our growth, we need your help to reach our first annual sponsorship campaign’s $5,000 goal to fund testing equipment, a high altitude balloon launch, and expand our community outreach program.

Friend

IR Sensor
$25

Donor

High Power LED
$100

Supporter

Solar Panel
$500

Mission Sponsor

HAM Radio
$1000

Club Sponsor

LiFePO4 Batteries
$5,000

Program Leader

Chassis
$10,000

Want to Donate?

Depending on the level of your contribution, you can “sponsor” a part of our satellite. While these tiers do not reflect the actual cost of the parts, they are ranked in order of importance to EQUiSat’s mission and our team. All donors will receive recognition on our website. Leaders and sponsors will receive recognition on our club spaces and billboards. Club Sponsors will be given naming rights to a component or piece of equipment. Program leaders will receive the highest recognition that our club can provide which includes full visibility, naming rights and a prototype EQUiSat chassis.

Brown University is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, meaning donations can be counted against your gross income with the IRS as a public charity.

What We’ve Been Up To

Equipped with lights, a radio and state-of-the-art batteries, our satellite, EQUiSat, is a proving ground for developing new, low-cost technologies for space exploration and development. EQUiSat carries four LEDs, each of which is 300 times more powerful than a phone flashlight and together will be visible on earth with the naked eye. Powering these lights are four batteries made of lithium, iron, phosphorus and oxygen, the likes of which have never flown in space before. As NASA wants to use these batteries on the rovers and spacesuits that will return to the moon and explore Mars, they’re excited to see how they perform. To listen to the satellite, we’ve equipped EQUiSat with a small radio that can be monitored by individuals and universities. To make sure that our satellite is fully prepared for enduring the harshest environments known to man, we need testing equipment that is capable of replicating these conditions on the ground.

Those of us not working on our satellite are building balloons and educating the community. This year, with your help, we will launch a balloon to the edge of space. Bristling with sensors and cameras, our balloon will carry the first 360-degree camera miles higher than a jumbo jet and broadcast video in real time.

Questions?

Don’t hesitate to Contact Us!