Kickstarter Extension Period: Final Day
Tomorrow is the final day for our Kickstarter Extension! At midnight PT on Friday this extension period, and with it your chance to get (or give) space selfies and cosmic observations on the ARKYD, will come to an end.
Learn more and make your final support now:
Don’t forget to share with your friends and family!
Surveys and Prizes
Once the Kickstarter extension period closes, we will finalize and send out our backer survey to all pledgers so that we can deliver your rewards. The survey will also notify winners of our finale prizes, such as the ARKYD posters signed by Bill Nye, the Science Guy! For greater flexibility, we have built our survey outside of Kickstarter, so please be on the lookout next week for an ARKYD survey in your email inbox.
Some of you have been asking: When should I upload a personal image for my Space Selfie? Because we reached our Beta Selfie stretch goal, everyone receiving a selfie (more than 16,000 of our backers) will have the opportunity to take an early selfie in our clean room.
Beginning late this year, we will provide instructions for uploading personal images for these Beta Selfies and for future Space Selfies (they can be different). You will be able to modify and re-upload your images using a web interface as often as you desire, up through a critical pre-launch milestone date which will be announced and published in our Kickstarter updates and on the backer portal.
So stay tuned and start thinking about what photo you want to have taken in outer space!
First ARKYD in Space
Logan Sisca and other Project Strato students at the Michigan eXploration Laboratory launched the first ARKYD into (near) Space this week. Their paper ARKYD had a view worth sharing. Congratulations to the team on a successful flight, demonstrating there is no limit to what small teams of motivated students can do!
What will you do with your paper Arkyd? (Download here and let us know in the comments below)
You Inspire Us
YOU have moved our entire team at Planetary Resources with your words of appreciation and inspiration. I wanted to end this note with a few of my favorite comments, emails, and posts we received about ARKYD:
“The ARKYD is proof that space is not a program or special interest. It’s a real place, a real frontier & we are all a part of it.” — jonspacely, ARKYD YouTube Post
“I was born in the early 1950's when space was still the domain of sci-fi writers...back then, people would have laughed at the thought of someone like myself helping to fund (in a very modest way!) a space telescope, so thank you all for pushing the boundaries of my own imagination and making an improbable dream come true!!” — Dan Johnson, Kickstarter
“It's not the promise of the Selfie that is going to keep me interested but the whole journey...I have a 2 year project to teach my niece about space.” — Gavin Lee, Kickstarter
“Freakin' awesometastic.” — Lori Carossino, Kickstarter
“Space inspires me as something worth transforming humanity for.” — Loretta Whitesides, Kickstarter
“Space has given me the inspiration to finish my schooling and drive to become part of the space community for a living.”—Joshua Webb, Kickstarter
“This project has so much to offer everyone. Space research and exploration, student education and potential to create jobs and ultimately takes human kind one step closer to exploring space in person. The fact that this is crowd funded shows what people can accomplish together.” — Chad Westbrook, Kickstarter
“Just putting space into people's hands is very cool. Also not being ignominiously killed by an asteroid would be a plus.” — David Jacobitz, Kickstarter
“It amazes me that for twenty five dollars I can have whatever picture I want ON A TELESCOPE ORBITING THE EARTH and have a picture of it sent back to me. Fifty years ago this was science fiction, and now anyone can do it, and I think that's frickin incredible. Thank you for bringing space closer to everybody, you guys are doing an awesome thing here, and I love it.” — Melodie Shanks, Kickstarter
“Some of these comments are making me tear up. I love this project so much I want to marry it.” — Anonymous
“I have followed Space Exploration since the 60's, even watched the first step on the Moon. I just want to thank you for the opportunity of being a participant rather than just a spectator. It means so much to me.” — Anonymous
“We are the Arkydians!” — Samus312, ARKYD YouTube Post
This was my first Kickstarter, and I think it'll always be the most awesome.” — Ann Sutton, Kickstarter