Forget about the age-old concept of wishing upon a star. Soon you'll be able to send your wishes, dreams and favorite memories up to the moon via a rocket.
The folks behind Project Moonspike are on a mission to develop the world's first crowdfunded rocket that will travel to the moon to deliver digital memories. Co-founders Chris Larmour, an entrepreneur, and Kristian von Bengston, a former Copenhagen Suborbital spacecraft designer, along with a team of engineers designed a prototype for the 77-foot-tall, 22-ton rocket.
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The liquid-fueled rocket will carry at least 1 MB of digital memories per person in the form of photos, videos and data from each of its backers. A tiny spike of titanium called the Moonspike, weighing 1 gram, will store and protect the data.
The Kickstarter campaign reserves 1 MB of digital payload for backers that make a $29 pledge. For $120, investors can get 2 MB of digital payload. And if that's not enough, backers can purchase anything from 10 MB of digital payload for $300 to 500 MB of data for as much as $7,576. (The project's Kickstarter page lists all the options.)
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When the rocket blasts off, it's expected to enter into low earth orbit (LEO) and then orbit our planet at about 200 km and a speed of 8,500 meters per second. The rocket will fire its engines to complete its transit to the moon, where the spacecraft will touch down and transmit the live images.
But Project Moonspike has to jump through some more hoops before it can get to that point. With a goal of raising $1 million over the next month, the project has collected nearly 3 percent so far. Many more backers will have to get on board before Project Moonspike becomes moon bound.
via Kickstarter and TechTimes