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Update #28

Meet Caitlin: Your Community Foreman

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The moment you and nearly 18,000 others rallied together to achieve ARKYD for EVERYONE, my team kicked into high gear to bring our ARKYD Space Telescope to the public. 

You gave us a community mandate that means much more than designing hardware -- It means bringing each of our supporters along for the journey: the ups and the downs, though rocket launches and beyond. 

We realized that we needed to bring on another rockstar team member to help bring ARKYD to YOU. We searched long and far, and are excited to announce that we have found the right person for the job. 

Meet Caitlin O'Keefe, our new Community Foreman. Caitlin is an uber space geek and propeller head with a sixth sense in marketing and social media honed to ninja-status after many years in the profession. Her personal passion is to spread the word of STEM education, and works with many local and national STEM institutions. 

Now, we are happy to add Asteroid Miner to her list of qualifications! She is responsible for making sure our Kickstarter community is fully informed, STEM and citizen science programs are progressing, and new initiatives are developed from Planetary Resources to bring the ARKYD to EVERYONE. 

You will be hearing a lot from Caitlin this year, and we encourage you to interact with her as well. Share your ideas, ask her questions and get involved! You can contact her through Kickstarter or any of our social media platforms.

Please join me in welcoming Caitlin! Watch this video for a brief hello from our new Community Foreman and let us know in the comments what you would like to see from Caitlin this year and beyond! 

-Chris Lewicki 

President and Chief Engineer

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Update #27

The First Beta Space Selfies and Planetary Annihilation Game Keys

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Space Selfies

Few aspects of building ARKYD have been as fun as gearing up to take your photos into space and feature them above our planet as "Space Selfies". Together we’ve been doing our part to bring some serious class to the word “Selfie” and that hard work is starting to show. In November, “Selfie” was named Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year for 2013. And earlier this month, Mashable honored the ARKYD Space Selfie as one of the Nine Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2013 alongside Google Glass and the Oculus Rift.

So let’s talk about YOUR Space Selfies. Because ARKYD soared past the $1.4 Million stretch goal, we’re gearing up to DOUBLE the space selfie experience for each of our more than 17,000 backers at the selfie level or greater. What does this mean? Each of you shall receive an exclusive digital Beta-Selfie, taken during the crucial integration phase of the A3 spacecraft (the ARKYD technology demonstrator) this summer. You’ll become a part of the build and catch a glimpse of our clean-room squad in action.

Just two months ago we featured the final design of A3.

Since then, we’ve worked day and night to machine, assemble, and integrate camera, boom, and display into a system that can operate in the harsh environment of space. Now I am proud to share with you the actual flight hardware that will be taking the first Space Selfies!

We'll reach out to backers to submit your Beta-Selfie photos in late spring, and will then capture the Beta-Selfies with this flight hardware in early summer prior to launch. Stay tuned!

Your Planetary Annihilation Game Key

And as we fly through the holiday season, I’m also delighted to remind our $99+ Backers that you should have recently received the Planetary Annihilation real-time strategy video game courtesy of Uber Entertainment as part of your pledge! If you are one of our nearly four thousand backers who pledged at least $99, check your inbox for an email from Planetary Resources with your unique key and then prepare to Commence Annihilation with us! What better way to finish out the Holidays? Here's a special shout out to Jon Mavor and his Uber team up the street in Kirkland, WA with one of the first selfies taken with our ARKYD A3 flight hardware. Thank you for supporting ARKYD in this unique way; we're looking forward to bringing Planetary Annihilation into orbit with us.

In addition to the game key, your email includes specific directions for registering, converting your key to a Steam key once registered, or providing your key to another as a gift.

Asteroid Zoo

Lastly, when ARKYD reached the $1.5 Million mark with only minutes to spare in the campaign, we committed to team with Zooniverse and develop Asteroid Zoo -- a platform that will allow YOU to find asteroids at home, and help train computers to better find them in the future. As I shared at the American Geophysical Union with Laura Whyte at Zooniverse, development is well underway. I can’t wait for one of our Kickstarter backers to discover their first asteroid with Asteroid Zoo...between bouts of digital asteroid annihilation of course : ).

To all our friends and supporters, THANK YOU, Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the New Year from the ARKYD Team.

Chris


Update #26

Spacecraft, Shirts, Memberships and More.

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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 Resources Team Hard At Work
Planetary Resources Team Hard At Work

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!

- Chris


Update #25 - For backers only

Surveys are out – Respond by August 2nd and get your gear!

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Update #24

Final Day for ARKYD Kickstarter Extension + Updates and ARKYD Inspiration

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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:

http://www.planetaryresources.com/arkyd-pledge-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.

Selfies

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

Best,
Chris


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    HELP FIND KILLER ASTEROIDS & ALIEN GALAXIES — Help protect our planet from hazardous asteroids and better understand the evolution of our solar system. On your behalf, we’ll give students and scientists five minutes of observation time on the ARKYD's main-optic! Virtually join a research team as a citizen scientist contributor and receive regular updates on their research and findings! You will also receive a (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE before all lower pledge levels. + As extra appreciation, all pledgers this level and higher will get an annual membership to The Planetary Society, the world’s largest space advocacy non-profit organization!

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    (Printed) SPACE PHOTOGRAPHER — Take 3 observations with the ARKYD and have your favorite shot turned into a large poster, with the reverse side signed by the engineering team and mailed to you. + (Printed) HD SPACE SELFIE + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    PLANETARY ADVOCATE — Two tickets for a special event exclusively for Planetary Advocates that includes a tour of Planetary facilities where you get to meet the people behind the ARKYD, sign a roster that will go up on launch day, and leave the event with a 3D model of the ARKYD. You will also get group-exclusive quarterly briefings from the Co-Founders. + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    EDUCATION SUPPORTER — K-12 school, university, or museum (of your choice, if desired), will get the essentials to make Science & Technology come alive with the Arkyd: + 10 Main Optic Observations to be directed by the teacher and students + 10 (Digital) Space Selfies for the students to take + Educational Poster describing the technology that makes the ARKYD work. + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team + Access to a curriculum and tutorial developed by the team at Planetary Resources, in collaboration with educators + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    YOUR VIDEO IN SPACE — Upload a short 6 second video OR 144 frame flipbook-style scene to be displayed in orbit! The video will be recorded in time lapse (if desired), so you will see the Earth rotate beneath your video. We will send you the video file, with the option of featuring it on our site. + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    EDUCATION AMBASSADOR — One K-12 school, university, or museum (of your choice, if desired), will get the educational experience of a lifetime. Access to the Arkyd, plus teaching tools to make Science & Technology come alive: + 25 Main Optic Observations to be directed by the teacher and students + 30 (Digital) Space Selfies and 30 Mission Patches to provide to students + Educational Poster describing the technology that makes the ARKYD work. + Access to a curriculum and tutorial developed by the team at Planetary Resources, in collaboration with educators + A full size desktop model of the ARKYD as a teaching tool with the pledger name (if desired) etched into it. + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    BENEFACTOR — You are a distinguished visionary helping to invent the future. + One ticket to join Planetary Resource Founders & Investors at two major events – The Finished Spacecraft unveiling and the Rocket Launch Event. + Your name will be etched on the Spacecraft + You get a full size desktop model of the ARKYD for your desk signed by the engineering team (unique to this level). + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    GRAND BENEFACTOR AND EDUCATION AMBASSADOR — This is our Highest Level and we want to make sure you are part of History! In addition to sponsoring the K-12 school, university or museum of your choice (Education Ambassador), you will receive: + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + Two tickets (You and a friend) to join Planetary Resource Founders & Investors at two major events – The Finished Spacecraft unveiling and the Rocket Launch Event. + Invitation to sign the spacecraft before it launches. Your name or message will also be etched on the Spacecraft – Visible to the world in every Selfie produced + We’ll name an asteroid the telescope discovers after you (first come, first served!). We'll use the name internally, but will also propose it as the official asteroid name to be recorded in the history books! + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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