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Forum:Commercial Space - Military Space
Topic:Planetary Resources: Arkyd citizen space telescope
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Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Crowd funds $1 million for asteroid miners' public space telescope

The world's first selfie-snapping, asteroid-hunting, public space telescope is $1 million closer to its launch into Earth orbit, having surpassed its initial crowd-funding goal.

Planetary Resources' online fundraising campaign soared past the seven-figure mark Wednesday evening (June 19), green-lighting the commercial asteroid mining company's plans to deploy a publicly-accessible space telescope in 2015. More than 11,000 people pledged at least $10 to the project, which promised to not only capture images of its supporters' selected astronomical targets with the ARKYD space telescope, but also photograph their submitted self-portraits ("Space Selfies") on a digital screen mounted on the outside of the small satellite.

"Thank you everyone who pushed it over the $1 million mark!" Peter Diamandis, Planetary Resources' co-founder, wrote on Kickstarter, the website that is hosting the crowd funding campaign.

See here for discussion of Planetary Resources' Arkyd space telescope.

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