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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

SpaceFab is currently designing and building the Waypoint space telescope, the world's first app controlled space telescope. A user anywhere in the world can use our app on a smartphone, tablet or computer to tell the space telescope to take a picture of the stars or the Earth. The Waypoint satellite will take care of the rest, sending the data directly back to your device within 24 hours. We plan to launch the first Waypoint space telescope on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare in late 2019.

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On the side of the space telescope there is a Full-HD digital screen where we will be able to show any image you'd like. With the Earth in the background, we will be taking beautiful pictures using a camera mounted on the back of one of the solar panels. 

HD screen and selfie camera on solar panel wing
HD screen and selfie camera on solar panel wing

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get an incredible personalized souvenir photo with you or your loved ones taken from space. Get started today with only $25!

Waypoint Space Telescope

Without the distorting effects of Earth's atmosphere, our space telescope can take perfect high resolution images every time. Contrast will be fantastic, with the blackness of background space not being washed out by Earth's atmosphere, clouds, moisture, or city lights. Galaxies, nebulae, clusters, and everything else in the sky will be brighter and clearer. Most of the sky will be visible to our space telescope as it orbits the Earth. This means you can image objects found in the southern hemisphere's sky as easily as in the northern hemisphere's sky. It also means you don't have to wait for the sun to set to photograph it. In space, we can image and take data 24 hours a day. 
Co-founder Sean League showing the Waypoint satellite model  at the 2018 American Astronomical Society Conference in Washington, DC
Co-founder Sean League showing the Waypoint satellite model at the 2018 American Astronomical Society Conference in Washington, DC

Professional astronomers and NASA engineers are interested in using the Waypoint space telescope for  

  • Exoplanet follow-up 
  • Eclipsing binaries 
  • Gravity wave follow-up 
  • Cosmology 
  • Beautiful pictures 
  • Supernovae 
  • Earth observation 
  • Interstellar medium 
  • Custom research projects

 Hyper-spectral Imaging

Hyper-Spectral image of fields and roads
Hyper-Spectral image of fields and roads

The Waypoint space telescope will be able to take hyper-spectral pictures of any place on Earth. Different substances reflect and absorb light at different colors. By looking at the reflected light, we can tell what kind of substance it is. We can also deduce the health of plants, see pests, what type of minerals are in the soil, moisture content and more. Hyper-spectral imaging can also be used for geology or the mining industry. It can see what types of minerals are on the surface, giving clues as to what is underneath. This technology is important to farming, geology, environmental studies and much more. SpaceFab's Waypoint One will carry a 150 band hyper-spectral imager on-board for gathering an incredible wealth of data from Earth imagery. The benefits to this technology can't be overstated, from helping farms yield more crops for less money, with less environmental impact, to monitoring changes in climate. Anyone in the world will be able to take hyper-spectral images using the SpaceFab app controlled Waypoint space telescope!


Future of SpaceFab

After our space telescope network is in place, we will then build our deep space mining satellites to go out to metal asteroids. This will allow us, even from the very first asteroid mission, to successfully approach, mine, process and begin building our space factories through 3D printing, ion beams, electron beam welding, ion deposition, and other advanced technologies. We will use much of this building capability to build more tools to build more machines, therefore, increasing our output exponentially.  

Our ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of manufacturing in space to the point where it will be less expensive to manufacture in space than to manufacture on Earth. This will enable the construction of large objects in space, like space stations, that are currently too costly to implement.


Waypoint 1 in orbit
Waypoint 1 in orbit

Risks and challenges

The biggest risks we will come across is the rocket not making it into orbit or the spacecraft malfunctioning. We will be mitigating these risks by having many backup systems and redundancy on the spacecraft. Should a problem arise, we will make every effort to maintain all the rewards on a subsequent satellite.

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    Donation

    Donate $10 to support SpaceFab's effort to build an app controlled space telescope! Receive our sincerest gratitude and get your name on the individual supporter donation page of our website.

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    Get a Space Selfie - Standard Resolution

    Your image of choice will be sent out into space on our space telescope. This standard resolution image will be taken with Earth in the background so you have an extraordinary souvenir from space! The Standard Resolution Space Selfie will be about 1.3 megapixels.

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    High Resolution Space Selfie

    Your image of choice will be sent out into space on our space telescope. This standard resolution image will be taken with Earth in the background so you have a spectacular souvenir from space! The High Resolution Space Selfies will be about 5 megapixels.

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    Family Pack Selfies - Standard Res

    Your 5 images of choice will be sent out into space on our space telescope. These 5 standard resolution images will be taken with Earth in the background so you have an extraordinary souvenir from space! The Standard Resolution Space Selfies will be about 1.3 megapixels each.

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    Family Pack Selfies - High Resolution

    Your 5 images of choice will be sent out into space on our space telescope. These 5 high resolution images will be taken with Earth in the background so you have a spectacular souvenir from space! The High Resolution Space Selfies will be about 5 megapixels each.

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    Corporate Space Selfie

    Get your company logo on our digital screen and get it into space! We will take a high resolution image of your picture on the screen with Earth in the background. These images will also be displayed on our space selfie corporate supporter page.

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    12 Pack of Space Selfies - High Res

    Your 12 images of choice will be sent out into space on our space telescope. These high resolution images will be taken with Earth in the background so you have a spectacular souvenir from space! The High Resolution Space Selfies will be about 5 megapixels each.

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    Corporate Sponsorship

    Get your company logo on SpaceFab's space telescope that will be orbiting Earth! Your logo on the side of the spacecraft will be photographed prior to launch and sent to you.

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    Education Supporter

    These benefits go to the school of your choice. The school will receive:
    - 30 Space Selfies
    - 30 minutes of imaging time from the telescope
    - An educational poster on how the spacecraft works, signed by the SpaceFab team.
    -An educational curriculum based on using the space telescope for teaching Earth and space science.

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    Camera View Corporate Sponsorship

    Get your company logo etched on the telescope that will be orbiting Earth! This logo will be seen by everyone who purchases a space selfie. Get your logo on every picture sent out! There are 30 standard spots available.

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    Honored Benefactor

    - Get your name etched on to the space craft
    - Get a mini 3D model of the space telescope
    - Get a high resolution space selfie mailed to you
    - Join us at the launch!
    - When the telescope is orbiting Earth, you get to send a command to it from our headquarters in Southern California

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    Prime Corporate Sponsorship

    Get your company logo placed on SpaceFab's space telescope that will be orbiting Earth! Your large logo will have prime placement and will be seen by everyone who purchases a space selfie. Get your large logo on every picture sent out, front and center!

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    Gold Member

    - Get Dinner with the SpaceFab founders in Southern California
    - Get your name etched on to the space craft
    - Get a mini 3D model of the telescope
    - Get a high resolution space selfie signed by the SpaceFab team
    - Join us for the launch!
    - When the telescope is orbiting Earth, you get to send a command to it at our headquarters in Southern California

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Funding period

- (60 days)