Beyond the obvious problems with the concept (the cost of goods sold for the coils themselves, the extreme improbability of a kerosene-powered drone built by college students being able to make intercontinental flights, the fact that there's no way in hell the FAA or the State Department would permit such a flight, etc.), there's several big red flags on this that scream "scam:"
- The creator of the project has put up two projects on KS before. The most recent, the "Banana Project," is either an attempt to troll or the sort of half-baked (pun intended) project I'd expect from someone who wants to get paid to buy a 3-D printer to screw around with. The earlier project, "Super Mario Bros. Z The Movie, was cancelled and pulled, presumably because Nintendo had an issue with some random guy creating what I can only imagine is an amateur animation project. This is not a good track record, especially since the more recent project is from just three months ago.
- The creator has no information on his bio, has not backed any other projects, and has no other real information available. Accountability seems non-existent.
- The photo of the putative tesla coil is a vague sketch. There's no other technical information on how they'll be built or what they'll look like. As for the drone, there's no information on how the drone will be built or how it will be controlled. There is no prototype, only hand-waving claims. This screams "vaporware." A good rule of thumb on KS is "never pledge to something unless there's at least a prototype."
- The submitter of this Slashdot article is an "anonymous submitter." Who wants to bet that the submitter is actually "Trevor Nestor?"
This KS is an excellent example of a KS from which you want to stay far, far away. Most of the time, the KS community is pretty wise to these sorts of things, but I suppose the combination of "North Korea," "tesla coils," and submissions to Slashdot will lure people in. Don't be a sucker.