Frequently Asked Questions
Humankind has been to the Moon, but the Moonspike team hasn’t done it yet, and unless you are a lunar astronaut, neither have you. As inspiring as those voyages were, there has never been a small team of individuals that has attempted sending a rocket to the Moon before.
Admittedly, we are a team of rocket engineers, but if we show the world that we can do it, what will that mean for humanity at large? It will show that a handful of people with hopes, dreams and training, backed by crowdfunding, can achieve something that only a few large countries have done before.
And if we ever hope to venture en masse to other planets, we need many more people with these skills, making spacecraft commonplace in the way that airplanes and cars are everyday items today. Hopefully we can help a whole new generation of people to realize what they can achieve if they set their minds to it, and start a new wave of open access to space.Last updated:
Let's put this mission in context.
Did you know that NASA's 2009 LCROSS mission impacter and shepherding spacecraft had masses of 2,250 kg and 620 kg respectively, and that on impact they excavated 500 tons of Lunar regolith, creating two new craters 20m and 14m wide?
Did you know there are currently 6 nuclear reactors on the Lunar surface, left behind by the Apollo missions? They are called RTGs or SNAPs, and each contains about 4 kg of plutonium. Apollo also left 3 cars behind on the Moon, the famous moon buggies.
The 2008 Indian Moon Impact Probe had a mass of 35 kg - the same as the mass of our entire spacecraft, most of which will disintegrate due to the very high impact velocity.Last updated:
No. We mention this explicitly in the section above called "Where will the money go?". The money we raise here on Kickstarter is enough for us to get started, and we will need to raise tens of millions more as the project progresses in order to get to the Moon.
To put that in context, Spacex need about $90 million to build Falcon 1, and the entire Chandrayaan-1 Indian Lunar probe, which had a mass of 675 kg - almost 20x larger than Moonspike - cost $80 million. By selecting proven and less complex technologies, and focusing on a less ambitious overall goal, we believe we can reduce to cost to a reasonable figure.Last updated:
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