Planetary Resources space telescope needs your help to get off the ground

Planetary Resources space telescope needs your help to get off the ground

Summary: Private company Planetary Resource is trying to collect $2 million through crowdfunding to help build a space telescope which will be accessible to the public.

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TOPICS: Nasa / Space
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  • A prototype of the ARYKD space telescope.
    (Image: Planetary Resources)

    ARKYD Prototype

    The tiny ARKYD space telescope, which is named after Arakyd Industries from Star Wars, will be 200mm (7.8 inches) tall and 450mm (16.7 inches) wide. Its wingspan will be 600mm (23.2 inches), and it will run on 50 watts of power — about as much as a light bulb.

    The telescope's lens will have a 200mm aperture with f/4 primary optic. The camera will have a 5MP sensor and feature image stabilization.

    It's expected to be launched along with the cargo that goes to the International Space Station (ISS), and will be released into orbit from there. It will orbit between 300 to 450 miles above our planet — above the atmosphere, which gives any telescope a big advantage over Earth-based observers.

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    Asteroids

    The first goal of Planetary Resources is to mine valuable resources from nearby asteroids. The company said many asteroids contain resources from water to platinum.

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    Asteroids everywhere

    Thousands of asteroids that we know of are currently orbiting the sun, and about 9,000 of them are relatively near Earth. It's estimated that 1,500 are reachable from Earth.

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Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • wow

    Is the figure of $885 million accurate? Has any other crowd funding attempt raised this much money?
    JustWow2000
    • It's 885 thousand

      The editors are on summer break.
      symbolset
  • The figure must have been a typo

    The figure is actually $885,000.00 not $885,000,000.00

    It must have been a typo.

    --Zechariah Blanchard
    Exosphere Founder
    Zechariah Blanchard
    • Still an impressive sum

      .
      jake103
  • Howard Schmidt really?

    His name is Eric. How do you get "Howard" from that?
    symbolset
  • kickstarter

    More like 900k now! Here's the link to the kickstarter page - http://lky.me/1HKY
    kasiooooo