Because I love SPACE, NASA, OPEN SOURCE, and STAR WARS! I started this project 2 years ago while at SpaceVR, because we needed something to film in 16K 360 degree video after the Overview One CubeSat was ejected from the International Space Station. www.deathstarinspace.com/kickstarter
The project now is focused on four short term goals and one long term goal:
1) Promote STEM education to kids by having a lot of fun and sending their GitHub code in to space.
2) Celebrate Yuri’s Night and honor Star Wars Celebration and Episode IX to bring fans together.
3) Etch & gold plate 300 Earthling names into the Death Star PCB’s, and then send it to space & back.
4) Launch a functional Death Star into space (100 km) and back for the first time in history.
Humanity will need to leave Earth at some point, so why not start today with small steps that prove technology like wireless power transfer using LASERs and supercapacitors works in space. The long term goal of this project is to send a Death Star into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for at least 6 months and turn on its LASERS to transmit power to another CubeSat and/or send peoples names via light out of the solar system. Do you want to see that happen?