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The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.
17,614 backers pledged $1,505,366 to help bring this project to life.

Today, you made it so.

We passed our $1M campaign funding goal today and are now on the way to our $2M stretch goal of searching for Alien Planets.

Thanks to you, we WILL build ARKYD - The first publicly accessible space telescope!

From Peoria, Illinois to Xinhui, China, from Givatayim, Israel, to Leicester, Great Britain, it is YOUR space observatory. But we’re not satisfied, and we know you’re not either.

Because there are alien worlds to be found.

And countless communities across the globe to connect to space for the first time in history.

But just for a moment, join in our celebration:

- Chris

PS. Big thank you to our volunteer Klingonist Felix Malmenbeck who voiced our main video. A message from Felix to celebrate the one million mark:


tera'nganpu''e' malaw' 'ej maSar 'ach nItebHa' wa' yuQ wun wIDabtaH. mataHmeH 'ej maQapmeH mayeqchuqnISqu'. Hovtay'maj ngeHbej je DInuDDI', ngoDvam temlaH pagh. Ha'! majaqjaj 'ej nItebHa' ta'mey'e' ta'pu'bogh pagh DIta'jaj!


We Terrans are many and varied, but we inhabit a single, fragile planet. To survive, and to succeed, we must work together. When we observe our solar system and the cosmos, nobody can deny this fact. Let us boldly do what none have done before!


    1. Creator Damian on June 28, 2013

      Love what you guys are up to. I think this could really be a difference for science across the board, for the public owned by the public!!!

    2. Creator Arthur Cresce on June 21, 2013

      Really happy for Planetary Resources and for all of us in general. Can't wait for launch day!

    3. Creator kcjnz on June 20, 2013


    4. Creator Planetary Resources on June 20, 2013

      Thank you to everyone for the great support!

    5. Creator lesliedonovan on June 20, 2013

      I am so excited about this project. Congratulations. and just so you know-- the selfies are not at all the draw for me; it's the public telescope and use by school kids that lights me up!

    6. Creator Tiziana Tabone on June 20, 2013

      Wonderful! Can't wait for this!

    7. Creator Joaquim Ventura on June 20, 2013

      Amazing! I was getting pessimistic, but we're going to pull it off.

    8. Creator keeper_13 on June 20, 2013

      I can't wait to see my face in the space:-)

    9. Creator Kazakov Sergey on June 20, 2013

      :) Very pleasant for the excellent project!

    10. Creator Planetary Resources on June 20, 2013

      Thank you all. Ditto @Levi!

    11. Creator Jason V on June 20, 2013


    12. Creator Levi Bergevin on June 20, 2013

      2 million here we come!

    13. Creator Anthony Hortin on June 20, 2013

      Congrats guys! Well done! :-)

    14. Creator Dan Jenkins on June 20, 2013

      Wonderful news! This is gonna be great.

    15. Creator Glenn Batuyong on June 19, 2013