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