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The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.
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A3R to Deploy This Week from ISS

Posted by Planetary Resources (Creator)

Hi Kickstarters,

Quick update for you all on some exciting developments happening THIS WEEK!

The Arkyd 3 Reflight technology demonstration spacecraft is in a queue and is set to deploy from the Kibo Airlock on the International Space Station in the next few days! This will mark the beginning of the A3R's 90 day mission in space to test its core technology for our prospecting missions and your ARKYD. 

Planetary Resources Team with Arkyd 3 Reflight, set to deploy from the ISS this week.
Planetary Resources Team with Arkyd 3 Reflight, set to deploy from the ISS this week.

We will confirm deployment and post photos here once Arkyd has been deployed into space. You can also follow us on twitter and facebook for updates, or track the hashtag #Arkyd

This is the next step in an already exciting year of progress for us. Next up is the Arkyd 6, which we are developing as we speak, and is set to launch later this year. 

To read up on the A3R's mission, click here. 

Lastly, for those who have inquired as to the timing of when to upload your selfie, we have not yet requested the images. But, we will pass along all the important details as we continue to develop the technology. In the meantime, send any questions to me via Kickstarter or to, and I would be happy to answer your inquiry! 


Caitlin O'Keefe

Community Foreman

Planetary Resources, Inc. 

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    1. Mikhail Aristov on

      @Michael Richard: You obviously didn't get it: The A3R is Darth Vader in that last picture. It's black, matte, more machine than man, and is surrounded by faceless minions in white. :D

    2. Michael Richard on

      I honestly think that someone should wear a Darth Vader mask on the next team picture. Everyone looks the same on this one. :D

      Ps: English is not my native language, excuse me for any mistake.
      Pps: Great work!

    3. Stephen Rowlatt on

      When the time finally comes to upload a selfie can my distant descendants use it?