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Pocket SpacecraftBy Pocket Spacecraft
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Pocket SpacecraftBy Pocket Spacecraft
First created
£69,079
pledged of £290,000pledged of £290,000 goal
414
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 26 2013 1:53 PM UTC +00:00

We're funded and on our way to the Moon!

Posted by Pocket Spacecraft (Creator)

The response to the Pocket Spacecraft project has been amazing with coverage in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper and online articles in dozens of countries around the world, and visitors from more than one hundred countries to the PocketSpacecraft.com website alone:

Map showing where visitors to PocketSpacecraft.com are from - more green means more visitors - 114 countries in total!

More than 350 private individuals, universities and companies have backed the project via Kickstarter so far, but what we weren't expecting are the amazing direct offers of financial support and support in kind that are too big or unable to be pledged via Kickstarter. Thanks to this support from private individuals, companies, government bodies, non-profits and others, we're excited to be able to confirm that Pocket Spacecraft: Mission to the Moon will go ahead!

We don't want our amazing Kickstarter backers to be left out of the project as one of the reasons we're in this fortunate position is thanks to the support you've given us on Kickstarter. Rather than cancelling the Kickstarter campaign, we are going to leave it running, and if it meets its ambitious target you will of course receive the reward you have asked for. If we don't make the target, you will be able to convert your Kickstarter pledge to a credit card or PayPal donation to the project of the same amount next week, and we will then provide you with all the rewards you were expecting to receive (including your spacecraft, Lou Friedman StarSailing eBook, British Interplanetary Society special membership, etc.) as described on the project's Kickstarter page.

In either scenario, we are going to need contact details for our backers so we can deliver your rewards, and we'd also like to find out a bit more about you and your interest in space exploration, so we'd be grateful if you would fill in this short Google survey.

We're only going to make this offer to those who back us on Kickstarter, so if you or friends, family, colleagues or social media contacts haven't backed us yet, please pledge today so as not to miss out.

We're looking forward to taking the first steps out into the solar system with you and our fellow intrepid pioneers: next stop - the Moon!

Michael and the Pocket Spacecraft team

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    1. Pocket Spacecraft Creator on

      @John Doe @Simon Hill - Thanks to generous supporters we have enough financial support and support in kind to do the basic version of the mission with mostly volunteer labour and relying on a free launch described on the Kickstarter page. That doesn't mean we'll stop looking for other sources of funding, but due to upcoming launch and other opportunities, we prefer to execute the basic plan now, rather than wait for months to re-run the Kickstarter or seek additional funding before we start. That doesn't mean we won't look for additional funds as we go forward, but the focus of the mission remains firmly on providing all the exciting features for private individuals described in the Kickstarter - nothing has changed.

      This project is all about kick starting the mass exploration of space by private individuals and this is what attracts supporters to the project - our backing from people such as the British Interplanetary Society, the European Space Agency, the Satellite Application Catapult, and The Watershed is thanks to us staying true to this and the open source ethos of the project.

      The nature of disruptive technology in a field like aerospace is such that while some supporters such as those mentioned are happy to be identified as such from the beginning, others wish to wait until later in the project, and some wish to support the project anonymously - a range of preferences that can also be seen in our list of Kickstarter backers. This is also a highly competitive field so while our technology is open, details of our commercial arrangements are confidential.

      We detail the risks and rewards of the project on the Kickstarter page. Participating in the Kickstarter and any follow on activities is entirely optional and no one should participate who is not comfortable. However, we believe that the reward of enabling and taking part in the low cost, mass exploration of space is worth the risks. We're committed to doing this project professionally and responsibly and hope you'll join us on the next phase of this exciting adventure.

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      John Doe on

      I too noticed that there was no mention of who the backers were and how much money has been collected. I hope you'll be able to release some details about this, otherwise this seems a bit fishy.

      Another concern that came to my mind was that does the project still have enough emphasis on the (very exciting) features like live mission tracking on mobile applications that were designed for private, individual supporters. If the funding comes from goverment and big companies, they might not be so interested in "end-user" features and the resources planned for them might be changed?

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      Simon Hill on

      Kickstarter enables backers to track the funding of a project, providing some level of assurance that an idea has enough capital to launch. You're saying "even though we're not funded here, we've got enough money elsewhere (honest!), so send us cash.". Some evidence of this otherwise invisible funding may be needed before people start sending Paypal donations. That said, it's great news if the project genuinely has sufficient real-world support to fly!