Shipping update... making progress
We're getting the final batches of rewards packaged up and shipped. A load of bubble-wrapped envelopes left the building this morning. This includes the international shipments, which are "a bit"... Read more
CubeSats and 3D Printers!
Being in the grip of a nasty winter is a great time to work indoors. Here's the latest on LunarSail progress... and a few photos and video too.
Most importantly,... Read more
2014 is here...
Hello, Here’s a summary of where the project is at this point. Most importantly, I think, the cubesat chassis and ADACS is on reserve waiting for the go-ahead to package... Read more
Solar sail design progress update
It's time for an update regarding the solar sail that we're deisgning. Actually, we're pursuing two options for a sail. Ideally, we will be able to be able to acquire... Read more
Open-source parallel supercomputing for an open-source spacecraft
We just pre-ordered one of these. It's a single-board computer with a dual-core primary processor and 16-core Epiphany co-processor from Adapteva. These things can be stacked to get a massively... Read more
What are we going to use this money for? (Our budget!)
I've had questions about what our budget and costs are and what the money raised from Kickstarter will be used for. Here's the most recent budget estimate for hardware that... Read more
More hardware comes in, Embedded Pi has arrived!
Our new Embedded PI (Coo Cox, sold by Element14) board finally came in the other day. With this unit, we'll be able to simultaneously utilize Arduino shields as well as... Read more
Popular Mechanics blog post
Popular Mechanics had a blog post with us as the Kickstarter of The Week. I'm not sure why we didn't link it here (!?!?) but here it is just a... Read more
Embedded Pi... our link to Arduino
The Embedded Pi is based on the STMicroelectronics STM32F103 MCU and form factor compatible with Arduino™ shields, it can operate as a bridge between Raspberry Pi and Arduino™ shields and... Read more
Selecting an operating system: ChibiOS/RT on the Raspberry Pi
We're in the process of evaluating different real-time operating systems (RTOS) to use on LunarSail. We need something that has low overhead and a small footprint. Normal uses of the... Read more
Here are some pictures of our “aluminum photo” reward
One of the rewards we’ve added is to take a photo of your picture captured with the Moon in the background and print it on high-quality aluminum backing. The metal... Read more
We've Added New Rewards!
Well, so far there has been a great response to our fundraising campaign and we thank everyone who’s pledged so far. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve our crowdfunding... Read more
Dr. Stephen Hawking - "Why Go To Space?" - NASA 50th Anniversary Lecture
Why we should go into space. What is that justification for spending all that effort and money on getting a few lumps of moon rock? Aren’t there better causes... Read more
Raspberry Pi: coffee maker or spacecraft?
Here's an interesting little product that uses the same computer we're using, the Raspberry Pi. As much as we love coffee, we like our project better - a Pi to... Read more
Why We Should Go Back to The Moon - Thunder Productions
Interesting video, thoughts on why we should return to the Moon... of course, using a Solar Sail if we have anything to do with it...
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This is our original introductory video. We have a professionally-produced video coming soon but in the meantime, we posted a new video on the project home page. Check it out!... Read more
Watch Out NASA, The Next Mission To The Moon Might Not Be Yours
"In 1959, the author Martin Caidin (“Marooned”) wrote, “The mysterious Moon may well be Man’s next outpost in the conquest of space. How will he reach it? What will he... Read more
Doing science from the Moon
I had a great question asked about the project. What is the mission once the spacecraft is in orbit? I thought I'd post my response here...
LunarSail will have science... Read more
Why we do this, a picture is worth a thousand words
While I was covering the grand opening of the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center with fellow team member Mike Killian (http://www.mikekillianphotography.com), I realized what this project is... Read more
Thanks for donations, especially these!
We're going to need desktop computers for developing software, both programs that will run on LunarSail as well as ground station software, apps for internet devices, a web-based dashboard, etc.... Read more
The guts of a spacecraft...
Here is some of the hardware we've purchased so far. This computer techie-stuff is part of the heart of LunarSail. The primary computer is in the center-front. Notice how small... Read more