Thanks to a new Kickstarter, exploring outer space may have just become a whole lot easier. The Pocket Spacecraft Project is a new endeavor meant to bring space travel into the digital age. The Project, which has been crowd-funding for over a week now, allows users to personalize a small spacecraft and send it into orbit.
The spacecraft, which are about the size of a CD (remember those?), will be launched into orbit from a commercial rocket. From there you can choose whether your craft descends back to earth, or continues its mission to the moon. If you choose the latter, your CD sized craft will stay aboard the Interplanetatry CubeSat Mothership until it reaches its final destination.
In addition, the discs themselves are not merely pieces of plastic, but can be customized with various technologies. For example, one could customize them with optical lenses, temperature gauges, radio transmitters, gyroscopes, or accelerometers. The data collected by this technology can then be transmitted back to you either through the Pocket Spacecraft website, or through a personalized iPhone application.
Most important perhaps is the affordability of the Pocket Spacecraft Project. With two options at £150 and £300, the Pocket Spacecraft makes an excellent science project or an equally cool hobby. Now if you just want to get your craft into space and then return it to earth, the first option is for you - however the more expensive option will be the one that actually goes to the moon. Now if the pricetag is still too high, you can get together with up to 20 friends, or 100 if you're particularly popular, and split the price equally.
This is really what the Pocket Spacecraft Project was started for: to bring space exploration to the masses at a very fair and affordable price. In addition, the fact that most major space explorations cost billions of dollars, and don’t always have major support or financial backing, this Project is a good way of getting all of us average folk involved in our universe. The first step is getting to the moon, but as the Project points out there are thousands of other planets in our immediate solar system that we could soon be exploring from the comfort of our own homes. For more information check out the video below.