Tuesday was a rough day for us, but we’re already moving forward with vigor and optimism! As you may have heard, a rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded just seconds after launch. The rocket carried supplies for the crew aboard the ISS, and a number of small satellites, including our own Arkyd 3 (A3) technology demonstrator.
We would like to emphasize an important point: this spacecraft was not your ARKYD Kickstarter space telescope. It was a vehicle designed to test many of the technologies that will fly on your ARKYD, when it’s ready. Our philosophy here at Planetary Resources is to use space as our test-bed for testing all our technologies. A3, was simply, our first of many test vehicles on the road to YOUR ARKYD and asteroid mining.
While these frustrating types of setbacks do happen from time to time (it’s rocket science after all), we prepare for these challenges and have never been more motivated to keep at it! We’re already hard at work developing our next test vehicle, the Arkyd 6, which is planned for launch in Q3 2015. These spacecraft all help prove technology for the Arkyd 100 spacecraft that will deliver your #SpaceSelfies and more. We also want to thank the community for your outpouring of support! Events like this definitely take an emotional toll on our team, but what makes it so easy to keep our heads up is having a strong community of backers behind us every step of the way. Space is hard, and we witnessed that this week.
In fact, our very own Kickstarter Backer and Community Vanguard David Broiles witnessed it first hand. He was at the launch site, and took the video below. David notes, “Seeing it go up in space is very important to us, it means the start of something bigger, exploring and building in space, and that can help avert something that could be truly tragic. Not exploring, not building in space is even more terrifying than what we witnessed."
Want to know more? Check out our latest blog post from Planetary Resources’ president, Chris Lewicki, on what happened Tuesday and how we’re taking it in stride.
On another note, you may notice that our new website has a section dedicated to YOU, called ARKYD Headquarters. All updates from our ARKYD Kickstarter campaign page have been moved to this new site, and in the future we will be working to expand the ARKYD Headquarters into an engaging community hub for all of you.
We appreciate your continued support as we move forward!
Planetary Resources, Inc.