Declan Murphy is creating Flight Club
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patrons

Dia dhaoibh, a chairde!

I'm Declan and I'm the designer/builder/janitor for Flight Club! If you've made your way to this Patreon page, then you've probably already used the site. So thank you and I hope you like it :)

I've been building Flight Club since 2014 in my own time. Initially, it served the purpose of helping me to learn various technologies, programming languages, frameworks and to familiarise myself with orbital dynamics, while simultaneously helping folks on /r/SpaceX visualise what different launch and landing trajectories look like.
But now that the Commercial Space Race is starting to gain traction, Flight Club too needs to grow.
It has matured into a fully fledged application being used by thousands of people around the world for visualisations, simulations (even trajectory predictions of upcoming missions) and being referenced by folks such as The Economist.

So here I am! I'm putting a tonne of my spare time into improving this so would be eternally grateful for anybody signing up to be a Patron. Features in the works right now include: 
  • Improved booster support (so you can create any vehicle from Atlas V variants, to Soyuz, to Falcon Heavy)
  • Improved tools for photographers
  • An Earth-Moon system
  • An Earth-Mars system (!)
  • At that point, adding extra systems shouldn't be too much harder. Right?

I'm hoping to finish my current Full Time position in the beginning of 2019 so that I can work Full Time on Flight Club instead. If that happens, expect to see a mobile app, expect AR functionality for launch viewing, expect improved features for photographer Patrons, and more!

But I need your help to make this happen. I can't deliver these features while I need to dedicate most of my life to working for somebody else. Help me to spend all of my time developing and building Flight Club, and you will be helping to keep the momentum rolling, helping to fuel the public interest in this new Space Race.

Thank you, and happy simulating :)

______________________________

Bonus easter egg if you read this far: here are the reddit posts announcing each new iteration of the application! July '14, March '15November '15
Tiers
Suborbital Patron
$1 or more per month
Pledge $1 and gain access to my patron-only feed and exclusive Discord chat! You will receive access to any posts I share with your pledge tier. 
Includes Discord rewards
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Patron
$3 or more per month
Pledge $3 and your name will be included at the end of all YouTube videos of live simulation recreations. Here are some examples of simulation recreations from the pre-Patreon era.

LEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
Includes Discord rewards
Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Patron
$5 or more per month
Pledge $5 and get elevated privileges on Flight Club! You can create more complex missions by running simulations over up to 16 orbits instead of just 1. You can also customise simpler mission details such as name, date and time (day time launches are prettier!). Finally, you can save your progress on multiple simulations concurrently to revisit whenever you want

MEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
  • LEO
Includes Discord rewards
Geostationary Transfer Orbit Patron
$10 or more per month
Pledge $10 and earn even higher privileges on Flight Club! Earn access to the "Photographers Tools", allowing you to see exactly how a launch will look from your camera's coordinates. Set your elevation, field of view & aspect ratio to make sure you've lined up that perfect long exposure! 


Your name will also be included at the beginning of any YouTube videos of live simulation recreations. Here are some examples of simulation recreations from the pre-Patreon era.

GTO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:

  • Suborbital
  • LEO
  • MEO
Includes Discord rewards
Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) Patron
$15 or more per month
Pledge $15 and you will be personally thanked (by name!) on all Flight Club loading screens. These messages appear every single time a simulation is run or when loading bandwidth-heavy pages.

These rewards are limited, so get 'em while they're hot! :)

GEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
  • LEO
  • MEO
  • GTO
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
40% complete
I can work on Flight Club full time without requiring any other income. The new features will flow like the Agua de Horchata. Kerbal Space Program will be dead within a year.
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Dia dhaoibh, a chairde!

I'm Declan and I'm the designer/builder/janitor for Flight Club! If you've made your way to this Patreon page, then you've probably already used the site. So thank you and I hope you like it :)

I've been building Flight Club since 2014 in my own time. Initially, it served the purpose of helping me to learn various technologies, programming languages, frameworks and to familiarise myself with orbital dynamics, while simultaneously helping folks on /r/SpaceX visualise what different launch and landing trajectories look like.
But now that the Commercial Space Race is starting to gain traction, Flight Club too needs to grow.
It has matured into a fully fledged application being used by thousands of people around the world for visualisations, simulations (even trajectory predictions of upcoming missions) and being referenced by folks such as The Economist.

So here I am! I'm putting a tonne of my spare time into improving this so would be eternally grateful for anybody signing up to be a Patron. Features in the works right now include: 
  • Improved booster support (so you can create any vehicle from Atlas V variants, to Soyuz, to Falcon Heavy)
  • Improved tools for photographers
  • An Earth-Moon system
  • An Earth-Mars system (!)
  • At that point, adding extra systems shouldn't be too much harder. Right?

I'm hoping to finish my current Full Time position in the beginning of 2019 so that I can work Full Time on Flight Club instead. If that happens, expect to see a mobile app, expect AR functionality for launch viewing, expect improved features for photographer Patrons, and more!

But I need your help to make this happen. I can't deliver these features while I need to dedicate most of my life to working for somebody else. Help me to spend all of my time developing and building Flight Club, and you will be helping to keep the momentum rolling, helping to fuel the public interest in this new Space Race.

Thank you, and happy simulating :)

______________________________

Bonus easter egg if you read this far: here are the reddit posts announcing each new iteration of the application! July '14, March '15November '15

Recent posts by Declan Murphy

Tiers
Suborbital Patron
$1 or more per month
Pledge $1 and gain access to my patron-only feed and exclusive Discord chat! You will receive access to any posts I share with your pledge tier. 
Includes Discord rewards
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Patron
$3 or more per month
Pledge $3 and your name will be included at the end of all YouTube videos of live simulation recreations. Here are some examples of simulation recreations from the pre-Patreon era.

LEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
Includes Discord rewards
Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Patron
$5 or more per month
Pledge $5 and get elevated privileges on Flight Club! You can create more complex missions by running simulations over up to 16 orbits instead of just 1. You can also customise simpler mission details such as name, date and time (day time launches are prettier!). Finally, you can save your progress on multiple simulations concurrently to revisit whenever you want

MEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
  • LEO
Includes Discord rewards
Geostationary Transfer Orbit Patron
$10 or more per month
Pledge $10 and earn even higher privileges on Flight Club! Earn access to the "Photographers Tools", allowing you to see exactly how a launch will look from your camera's coordinates. Set your elevation, field of view & aspect ratio to make sure you've lined up that perfect long exposure! 


Your name will also be included at the beginning of any YouTube videos of live simulation recreations. Here are some examples of simulation recreations from the pre-Patreon era.

GTO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:

  • Suborbital
  • LEO
  • MEO
Includes Discord rewards
Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) Patron
$15 or more per month
Pledge $15 and you will be personally thanked (by name!) on all Flight Club loading screens. These messages appear every single time a simulation is run or when loading bandwidth-heavy pages.

These rewards are limited, so get 'em while they're hot! :)

GEO Patrons also get access to all lower tier rewards:
  • Suborbital
  • LEO
  • MEO
  • GTO
Includes Discord rewards