There’s been A LOT happening here at ARKYD headquarters, with nary a moment to catch our breath as we stay on track to launch your orbiting space telescope. Here’s a peek into all the activity.
Swag is on its way!
Our whole team recently took a weekend off from engineering to pack and ship thousands of your ARKYD shirts and patches (Our knees and thumbs are still recovering).
A big THANK YOU to everyone that shared with us how much you love these shirts! We do too. These are official backer items that will never be offered again…so we hope you’ll share your ARKYD pride around town and online.
Planetary Society Memberships on the way
For the 3,929 of you that pledged $99 or more, your Planetary Society Memberships are now ready to be sent. On behalf of the Planetary Society team, welcome to the largest nonprofit organization promoting the exploration of space! They will be good through this time next year and we hope you’ll continue as lifetime members along with us thereafter. A big shout out to our friend Bill Nye (the science guy) for courageously raising science awareness while classing up the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars last month : )
Science Centers Unite Behind ARKYD
We’ve been working closely with the Seattle Museum of Flight and our other partners around the world to bring ARKYD to life for students globally. Exhibit and educational curricula are being developed to be ready for launch along with the ARKYD. A fun example of educational content in work is this sketch of the "gravity well" story which explains why asteroids will fuel human expansion into the Cosmos!
And for those local to Seattle, we’re aiming to have a special pre-launch exhibit in place featuring a full-size prototype of the ARKYD orbital space telescope on display in the early part of next year. Stay tuned.
Update on the ARKYD Demonstrator
Now let’s talk spacecraft. The team is hard at work on A3 (ARKYD’s technology demonstrator spacecraft) preparing for launch and deployment from the International Space Station next year. Design is locked down and in just the past month subassemblies have been coming together at rapid pace. Our home-grown star trackers saw first light on the test bench and reaction wheels are spinning for the first time among many other firsts.
The mission will provide early testing and validate our core technology. And most importantly for you, it will include a context camera and screen to test out YOUR space selfies in orbit. Once integration is complete early next year, we’ll send requests to everyone for photos to get your Beta Selfies taken from our clean room.
Lastly, for those that missed our blog or want a deeper look into the diversity of our family --- check out the ARKYD Community by the numbers. We are honored to have you all along with us on this journey!