ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

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The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.


Since the formation of Planetary Resources, our primary goal has been to build technology enabling us to prospect and mine asteroids. We've spent the last year making great leaps in the development of these technologies. These advancements have presented us with the opportunity to engage in another passion of our team: 
to make space exploration accessible to everyone. 

Space has always been something that most people only dream about. Very few ever get the chance to experience space — to feel that overwhelming sense of awe described by astronauts. Our challenge and vision is this: how can we make 
that a reality?

Introducing: The ARKYD — [ahrk-kid]

The ARKYD is a technologically advanced, orbiting space telescope that will becontrolled by YOU, the crowd, through your pledges and community involvement! You can even direct your telescope time to non-profit science centers and universities for use in your communities!

Just think about the true impact of this endeavor for a moment.  Together we can provide access to technology that costs tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers, who will use it in ways we can’t even fathom yet! 

At Planetary Resources, our primary focus is mining asteroids, and we’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible by vertically integrating and applying innovations from consumer-based industries. It’s our goal to reduce the cost of space observatories many times over, allowing anyone to access them for their own use. We want to empower the crowd to solve the big problems of our time — and this is the first step to making that a reality.  

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  1. Of marginal interest; I’m joking!

    WOW!

    Again I feel motivated to tell everyone that when I was very young, I can’t recall what age precisely, perhaps about eight, one Patrick Moore was a supply teacher at my school, and I remember his enthusiasm about Astronomy and poetry; we would sit next to one another, and he would read stanzas of verse to me, and I’d recite them back to him verbatim effortlessly, and I remember his enjoyment at it.

    At the time I thought nothing of it, but in retrospect I think I may have unwittingly been dispaying a gift.

    Am I being boastful? Don’t answer that!

  2. The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.

    Another pubic interface with space technology.

    The ARKYD is a technologically advanced, orbiting space telescope that will becontrolled by YOU, the crowd, through your pledges and community involvement!

    The ability to control it is novel, but there have been earlier public participation in studies of Mars , spotting exoplanets (PlanetHunters.org) http://exoplanets.astro.yale.edu/science/citizenscience.php and studying the Sun via http://jhelioviewer.org/demo.html with a full download, satellite access and archives available.

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