MoonWatcher: A 24/7 Live Video of the Moon for Everyone (Canceled)
MoonWatcher: A 24/7 Live Video of the Moon for Everyone (Canceled)
MoonWatcher will be bringing the Moon closer to all of us.
MoonWatcher will be bringing the Moon closer to all of us. Read more
About this project
MOONWATCHER SATELLITE GIVES YOU A FRONT ROW VIEW OF THE MOON
Imagine seeing the Moon as only astronauts have seen it before. You will now be there with MoonWatcher, the first PRIVATE satellite mounted with a state of the art camera, streaming the Moon LIVE. Now you can be your own astronaut as you pick up your mobile device or PC and enjoy the greatest show...the Moon.
MoonWatcher will offer spectacular views of the Moon and the latest lunar information and scientific breakthroughs. Working with our launch provider, Virgin Galactic, we will place our MoonWatcher Satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) giving you a front row seat.
MoonWatcher will show a real-time, unobstructed view of the lunar surface offering spectacular images. In addition to the MoonWatcher Satellite, the project also includes The MoonWatcher Channel which will deliver the video feed and also share breakthrough scientific discoveries and the latest lunar news.
MoonWatcher will be the place to go to find out what is happening on the Moon. This is the first step to giving the public, educators and scientists equal access to a view of the lunar surface that was previously only available to a few.
The Moon is our unsung hero. We forget that the Moon protects us from asteroids, meteor showers, solar winds and more. And we never see these threats from the Moon's perspective. We will now be able to witness these dramas live as they unfold.
Watching a meteor shower from Earth is not as dramatic as watching it from orbit. What MoonWatcher’s Kickstarter viewers will see will not be a CGI version of what a meteor shower would look like. It will be the real thing!
Follow-up missions will place dedicated satellites in orbit around the Moon itself for even more detailed reconnaissance.
Tom Hanks said. ”You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it's like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the Moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.”
With MoonWatcher, you won’t have to wonder what it would be like to be among the stars.
MoonWatcher believes that your money and support are invaluable for us to reach our kickstarter goals. So, we want to let you know how we plan to put our goals in motion.
First, our team of MIT engineers will build the MoonWatcher satellite. Next, we will invest in our “state of the art” camera. Our data specialist will include information to complement our lunar view.
Our launch provider, Virgin Galactic, will place the MoonWatcher satellite into Low Earth Orbit using their LauncherOne rocket in February of 2018.
Then, our MoonWatcher Community will be ready to be a part of the great space adventure.
In our next round of funding, we will begin building out the MoonWatcher fleet of satellites, expanding our lunar coverage to include the latest updates on all of the diverse companies going to the Moon and the companies providing ancillary services that will help get them there. Or, perhaps you want to learn about how 3D printers may repair spaceships or the Citizen Astronauts competing to go to the Moon.
We will have our reporters cover that, too! MoonWatcher will be providing our viewers with the latest technology discoveries along with our coverage of the Moon’s surface.
- Because you are interested in tuning into a channel and seeing the Moon as few have seen it before.
- Because you are fascinated in what actually is on the Moon.
- Because you want to know more about those individuals and companies who are racing to get there.
- Because you can’t wait to be a space explorer right from your own mobile device or laptop. Are you ready for the new Space Frontier? MoonWatcher will put you there.
We are on the verge of an exciting new era in space exploration. So far, the exploration of space has been largely under the control of national goals. This is about to change, as the primary drivers of space exploration will be private and commercial interests, rather than governments. Space industry participants call this “NewSpace” and recognize that a new space race is upon us.
In the last ten years, previously undiscovered levels of ice and minerals have been discovered on the Moon. (These green spots represent where ice has been found)
This has brought renewed interest in lunar exploration for the purpose of commercial mining. Less than a decade ago, higher concentrations of minerals were discovered on the Moon than had previously been reported. Multiple agencies and interests are already planning new lunar missions for resource extraction and eventual human habitation.
MoonWatcher places itself on the leading edge of the space race. The live video feed of the lunar surface being available to everyone is a first step to providing practical services to the many interests that seek to begin commercial operations on the Moon.
As Blair DeWitt, co-founder of MoonWatcher has said, “When you think about the recent developments in camera and recording technology that we have already undergone, it is surprising that the Moon has not been considered.“ MoonWatcher will be the first... breaking new ground and expanding the frontier.
You can be a part of history and a part of this grand new human adventure. In the world of “NewSpace”, this is the ground floor.
Besides being the first to witness a real-time experience of the moon surface from your own laptop or mobile device, MoonWatcher Kickstarter Supporters get so much more. Help support us and you will be in good company. Receive with each contribution:
$1 or more
MoonWatcher Lunar Blast Alert
Ready to get blasts of the latest developments on the Moon? You will know what is happening before the rest of the world gets the news.
$5 or more
MoonWatcher Mission Patch
You are on your way to the Moon and now everyone will know it.
MoonWatcher Lunar Stress Ball
Your own MoonWatcher stress ball. We know you’re stressed because you missed your Astronaut application due date. Don’t worry, the Moon stress ball will help you get through this.
$10 or more
MoonWatcher Mobile Phone Cleaner
Now you can really have a clean screen while you stream MoonWatcher.
MoonWatcher Bumper Sticker
Leave them in the dust with your MoonWatcher bumper sticker. Everyone will know you are Moonstruck.
$15 or more
MoonWatcher Body Art
Love the Moon? Well, wear It with pride. Phases of the moon temporary tattoos.
Every time you use your keys you will be reminded you helped MoonWatcher make history.
$25 or more
MoonWatcher Mission Mug
Wake up to the Moon every morning. Let everyone know you are on a mission this morning.
MoonWatcher Mission T-shirt
Wow! Better than a concert T-shirt. You just made the Moon available to us all.
$30 or more
MoonWatcher Mission Baseball Cap
Look like you are part of the flight crew with own MoonWatcher Team Patch.
$50 or more
MoonWatcher Mission Data Keeper
Download your favorite MoonWatcher content to show friends and family. This flash drive with 8Gb of memory will hold all your favorite MoonWatcher images.
$70 or more
MoonWatcher Team Zip Hoodie
There are hoodies and then there is this hoodie. Want to wear to impress, then you must have this super soft cotton zip-up with a cozy hood and show that you are an official MoonWatcher.
$75 or more
MoonWatcher Water Bottle
Okay we have all seen so many water bottles but this S’well one that says you helped put a satellite into Low Earth Orbit.
$80 or more
MoonWatcher Commemorative Crystal Paper Weight with the mission date engraved
A beautiful addition to your desk or vanity table. This fine crystal cut paper weight is inscribed with the date so you will never forget you were here!
$100 or more
MoonWatcher Mission Backpack
You joined the MoonWatcher team and you can show it at school, on a hike or on a bike ride.
$150 or more
MoonWatcher Yoga Mat
Start your day with a Sun Salutation while standing on your MoonWatcher yoga mat.
$235 or more
Mission Control Bundle from MoonWatcher
Wow! So many ways to show that you support the MoonWatcher Mission to bring the Moon closer to all of us. Cool part. Wait for it. Everything at this level fits into the backpack.
Bundle includes Mission Backpack filled with patch, T-shirt, coffee mug, baseball hat and the data keeper flash drive.
$300 or more
MoonWatcher Commemorative Mission Waterproof Watch
What time is it? Oh about half past Moon. Your admiration for the Moon will keep you right on time with this unique watch.
$350 or more
Moon Gazing with MoonWatcher Bundle Moon
Watcher Moon Gazing bundle is there to say “take me with you Moon Gazing.” This bundle let’s everyone know that, thanks to you; the Moon will be closer to us because of MoonWatcher.
Bundle includes MoonWatcher’s stress ball, phone cleaner, bumper sticker, tattoo, key chain, yoga mat, bottle, and the zip hoodie.
$885 or more
Super MoonWatcher Bundle
Trouble deciding which bundle to get? Have it all with this bundle that includes the “Mission Control Bundle”, “Moon Gazing Bundle” and the MoonWatcher Commemorative Watch.
Bundle includes Mission Patch, Backpack, T-shirt, coffee mug, baseball hat, the data keeper flash drive, MoonWatcher’s stress ball, phone cleaner, bumper sticker, tattoo, key chain, yoga mat, bottle, the zip hoodie and waterproof watch.
$1000 or more
MoonWatcher Collector Framed Photo of the First Transmission
There are moments in time you wished you could keep forever. The MoonWatcher first transmission is such a moment and now you will be yours. Hang it with pride.
$5,000 or more
MoonWatcher Action Black Camera
"How can it be possible to make a cool GoPro even cooler? This one is engraved with MoonWatcher and the date it made history. The most powerful and easy to use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design.
Includes Moon Gazing with MoonWatcher Bundle.
$10,000 or more
A Ticket to VIP Virgin Galactic LauncherOne Experience
(Includes 1 VIP Ticket)
Rockets are awesome. Have you dreamed of seeing the launch location, or how a rocket is born? Thanks to our friends at Virgin Galactic, you can get an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of LauncherOne and learn how it was designed, tested, manufactured and launched, followed by a dinner with some of the amazing men and women who helped MoonWatcher blast off from Planet Earth. A souvenir will be an added dessert.
(Due to US regulations, some restrictions may apply to tour access.)
Includes Mission Control Bundle from MoonWatcher
$10,000 or more
MoonWatcher Custom Platinum Lunar Watch
This special watch will be engraved with the MoonWatcher date of the launch a limited hand crafted edition Ochs und Junior Platinum Lunar Watch. Like the MoonWatcher satellite, it is very precise. The Moon phase on the watch is correct for 3,478 years before it is off by one day.
Includes Mission Control Bundle from MoonWatcher.
Follow us on Twitter (@MoonwatcherSat) and retweet! Talk to your friends about us.
Post about us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/moonwatchersat/) and share announcements.
You can even follow us and spread the word on Instagram by tagging us at instagram.com/moonwatchersat/.
It’s a tremendous help if you can spread the word about this amazing project!
Blair DeWitt – Co-Founder
Blair is part of a growing group of ‘Astropreneurs’ who are experienced entrepreneurs creating new opportunities for commercial space-based operations. His experiences in NASA and Silicon Valley cultivated the unique set of skills that propelled Blair into launching LSC (his second start-up) in 2016. Consummate Innovator and Business Leader with 20+ years of leading teams and growing market capitalization of innovative solutions with proven track record of success. Providing strategic leadership and guidance to executive management teams to achieve the company's objective of bringing new solutions to the global markets. Blair has earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and contributes his leadership experiences to many other organizations.
Barret Schlegelmilch – Co-Founder
Barret brings his strong background in astrophysics research, nuclear engineering, and submarine operations. He has extensive experience as a technical leader. As a former U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, he has deployed across the globe and operated cutting-edge technology in some of the most demanding environments imaginable. Already holding a BS in Astrophysics from the University of California at Los Angeles, he is currently completing both his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as his SM degree in AeroAstro Engineering from MIT.
Dennis Williams - Business Development Lead
Dennis is a seasoned pro in technology-driven, innovative programs for consumer, commercial and government fields. Strong stats are leadership, strategy, business development and “A-Team” experience with top-technology trade crafters + subject matter experts. Corporate and consultant work revolve around successful critical/disruptive technology development and deployment. Dennis has a strong network of key, best-in-class technology and services. Key career-shaping experiences are with IBM, GeoEye Analytics, Raytheon, Paragon Space Development and RemoteReality Sensors. Opportunity shaping & customer service for robust revenues are his forte. Signature clients include Kodak, Abbott Labs, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Black&Decker/Dewalt, Toro, Revlon, Cuisinart, Textron, Polaroid, Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, Monsanto, Farberware and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dennis was a highly-acclaimed NAVY Public Affairs Captain with duty as DOD News Desk Officer, NATO PAO, a media officer for Titanic Expedition & studio liaison to Paramount Film’s “The Hunt For Red October” and CHER "If I Could Turn Back Time" video.
Matt Blasco – Advisor
Matt is a seasoned cross-channel marketer with over a decade experience leading marketing strategy and analytics teams across both B2B and B2C clients. An early entrant in digital/social marketing, Matt has expertise extracting insights and developing activations across both dominant and emergent platforms. He pushes digital innovation and consumer personalization through rigorous behavioral test & learn, coupled with data-driven consumer insights from across a variety of industries. Matt is currently at HAVAS and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Math from Columbia University and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Dr. Sean Casey – Advisor
Dr. Sean Casey is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Space Center, a business accelerator for NewSpace entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is a member of the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and has over two decades of experience as an airborne astronomer. He served as a Senior Scientist with the NASA/DLR SOFIA program as management and technical lead for SOFIA’s science instrument development program, lead for science instrument integration and commissioning, and science liaison for the review of system level requirements for SOFIA’s final operating capability. Sean is an author and co-author on several dozen science publications and has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and dual MBAs from the Berkeley Haas and Columbia Schools of Business.
You can reach the MoonWatcher team through the following channels. We’d love to hear from you!
Facebook - facebook.com/moonwatchersat/
Twitter - twitter.com/moonwatchersat
Instagram - instagram.com/moonwatchersat/
LinkedIn - linkedin.com/company/lunar-station
Email - email@example.com
Risks and challenges
Our challenge is to ensure that our MoonWatcher Kickstarter contributors see the Moon as only astronauts and governmental agencies have been able to see it in the past. To that end, we will be working to give our supporters access to the highest technology advancements in astronautical cameras and recording devices.
Sending a satellite to Low Earth Orbit will always have some risk. However, MoonWatcher’s MIT-seasoned professionals and their highly-vetted and experienced aerospace suppliers and launch affiliates mitigate our risks.
Some risks that we have considered:
Cost Overruns - Using commercially available off-the-shelf hardware in MoonWatcher, as much as possible, avoids potential budget overruns. MoonWatcher is built on the CubeSat standard. This standard has a robust industry in supplying products that have already been used in space and are readily available. Placing our orders far in advance will ensure that we have everything we need.
Launch Rocket Compromised - We need rockets, no matter how temperamental they can be at times, to bring us above the atmosphere. We picked the best launch partner in the market, Virgin Galactic, to minimize the risk and exposure to these types of failures and avoid any loss of the MoonWatcher satellite.
Orbit Reach - Prior to launch, our team will determine the designated mapping to correctly position MoonWatcher within its respective orbit and constant velocity.
Solar Radiation - Since MoonWatcher will be in Low Earth Orbit, the satellite will have the highest degree of protection from solar flares and other forms of electromagnetic discharges from our sun. To maximize the most “up-time,” our electronic components are well protected from a large and sudden influx of high-voltage solar particles.
Satellite Transmission Errors - MoonWatcher specifications include the best communication products and partners in the industry, so we‘ll be in super shape to receive images and content from MoonWatcher.
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