That’s right. We’re totally doing it... IF we can hit our ultimate stretch goal of US$2 million, we’ll be able to enhance ARKYD’s stability systems and dedicate time to monitoring candidate star systems for transiting exoplanets.
With NASA’s recent equipment failure on the Kepler telescope (RIP, Kepler!), our search for extrasolar planets nearly came to a grinding halt. If we can meet our stretch goal, we can resume some of this progress by enhancing the ARKYD. We’re partnering with exoplanet researchers at MIT to equip citizen scientists like YOU with the tools to join a search that’s captivated us for generations.
To help us get there, we’re also announcing three additional stretch goals. If we raise $1.3 million, we’ll build a second ground station at the site of an educational partner. This station will provide a 2x downlink boost, doubling download speeds from space. Two additional mystery goals will be revealed when we reach 11,000 and 15,000 backers! Believe us when we say: You’ll want to see them.
We only have 19 more days to meet this goal. If you haven’t already, please share this Kickstarter with friends, family, co-workers, random strangers, and help us enhance the ARKYD with Alien Planet Hunting technology.
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