Although our Indiegogo campaign has come to a close, we are working harder than ever to make our mission possible.
If you are interested in contributing to the campaign but missed the deadline, you can still donate through our charity website, Environmental Vision Exchange (EVE).
Visit this link:
Donate through Canada Helps, and select Solar Ship Foundation as the fund designation.
Perks are no longer available. However, if you are interested in purchasing patch space on the solarship, please email email@example.com stating your desired patch in addition to making your contribution on Canada Helps.
You may email this address for any additional questions or comments.
Thank you for your support!
Who is Solar Ship?
The idea to build a solarship for Africa started on February 5, 1983 with a mission to deliver critical supplies to remote areas. The first flight was planned to take off from Cape Town and land in the areas around Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria.
Since 1992 we have been involved in dozens of charitable projects in Canada's north with First Nations communities as well as communities across Africa. These projects have created partners for Solar Ship throughout eastern and southern Africa, Madagascar and northern Canada.
We built and flew the first prototype in 2009. We have built 3 additional prototypes since then and have been flying since 2010 with regulatory approval.
This IndieGoGo campaign was created to fund Solar Ship's first mission to Africa.
What is a Solarship?
Powered by the sun and assisted by helium, the solarship is a hybrid aircraft —part bush plane, part airship. It’s a reliable, sustainably powered form of air transport able to operate where there are no roads or fuel supplies - it can take off and land in areas as small as a soccer field. The blend of aerodynamic lift, aerostatic lift and solar creates cost efficient air transport for areas with minimal or no infrastructure.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the solarship.
We take off from Cape Town and we stop every 500km to pick up a fresh round of medical supplies from our partners and deliver them to villages in the surrounding area. We do this ten times over forty days and finish in the Great Lakes region of Africa including Burundi, the country that inspired the idea in the first place.
Where We Are Now
Solar Ship was awarded a grant to build the next generation solarship and fly critical supplies to First Nations communities in the North.
This means the funding required to develop the components and fly in North America are secured. What is not secured, is a dedicated solarship for Africa.
Why Do We Need Money Now?
While our North American mission is underway, we plan to be building, testing and training our pilots for the African mission, which will be launched immediately after the northern Canada project.
To put costs into perspective, the mission to Canada's north costs $6.2 million.
If we raise at least $1M here on IndieGoGo, we can cover the travel and operating costs needed to complete the African mission.
100% of the funds raised on this campaign will be used to cover these costs.
Solar Ship's Micro-Sponsorship Program
You'll see in our perks section that we've created space on the ship for your logos, messages and ideas.
Solar Ship has created a micro-sponsorship program to fund the launch of this breakthrough technology into the most threatened places on earth.
You can sponsor the mission and the technology by purchasing "patches" of logo space on the solarship which will also be reproduced digitally on our website. Sponsors can be anyone - individuals, organizations, or corporations.
When you buy a patch, you have an opportunity to advertise your business, cause, or brand. You can buy as many patches as you like, as long as they are available. The more patches you purchase, the more prominent your image will be, both on the web and the aircraft itself.
We would like to use this platform to lower the costs of delivering this technology to the poorest places with the highest transport costs.
In the event of overfunding, we will extend our African mission and deliver more critical supplies to more places.
What is a Patch?
A patch, or a group of patches, represents one sponsor’s logo space. These patches will form a banner that will be permanently fixed on the leading edge of the solarship. The banner will be reproduced on our website and kept online for at least 5 years.
There are 8,000 patches available.
How It Works
After the campaign is complete, you will be asked to send us a hi-res image as well as an associated web link of your choice. Your image can be a corporate logo, a text-based message or a photo, the choice is yours.
Website Launch - March, 2013
Northern Canada Mission - Summer 2014
African Mission - Fall 2014
How Much do the Patches Cost?
The FAMILY PATCH costs $125. It is roughly 1/4 the size of the green patches below. Looks small here, but will be highly visible on the solarship.
One GREEN patch costs $500.
One RED patch (the size of 4 Green patches) costs $2,000.
One BLUE patch (the size of 6 Green patches) costs $3,000.
One YELLOW patch (the size of 25 Green patches) costs $10,000.
On the website, the patches will be clearly visible with a zoom feature and a link to a URL provided by you.
This image is not to scale. It is intended to give you a general idea of how large the patches are relative to one another.
You are invited to join us at Solar Ship's demonstration flight near Toronto. We'll pay for your ticket to Toronto* and we'll pick you up at the airport.
THE MOTHER BEAR
You can join us on our Northern Ontario Adventure. We'll pay for your ticket to Thunder Bay* and we'll pick you up at the airport.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
You can create a new mission and message built and organized in your honour.
Other Ways You Can Participate:
If you cannot afford a patch but would like your image represented on the solarship, why not get your group of friends together to pool funds and agree on one image to send us?
If you aren't able to donate, you can help us tremendously by sharing this campaign with your friends, family, and followers.
Keep an eye on the Gallery for media updates soon.
Everyone here at Solar Ship thanks you for your support!
*Disclaimer: Flight route is subject to change. Please see our Terms and Conditions page in the Gallery section above.