ARKYD: A Space Telescope for EveryoneMay 31st, 2013
The folks at Planetary Resources (who are also making plans to mine asteroids) would like to build the world’s first crowd-funded space telescope to be controlled by ordinary people, namely: you. You can even direct your telescope time to non-profit science centers and universities for use in your communities.
Arkyd Space Telescope Specs:
- Primary Optic: 200 mm aperture, f/4 primary optic
- Resolving capability: ~ 1 arcsecond
- Detection capability: to visual magnitude 19
- 5 MP+ image sensor
- Wavelength range: 200 nm to 1100 nm
- Available filters: UV bandpass (< 300 nm), B, V, R, OIII, Hα, 1 μm bandpass, Luminence (Clear)
- Active image stabilization
For a pledge of just $25, the team will display your picture in space and then take a “selfie” of your picture with Earth in the background. A pledge of $200 allows you to control the telescope and point it at any celestial object (other than the Sun).
As of this writing, the project has raised nearly $400,000 of its $1 million goal. The Kickstarter funding ends on June 30, 2013.
The team posted a video update (inserted below) of their asteroid mining efforts and the ARKYD telescope and were joined by Brent Spiner (Lieutenant Commander Data).