On Tuesday night, two Kickstarter-funded satellites were launched into orbit from the International Space Station. Two of the satellites, ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X, began their journey on Kickstarter in 2012, and are now recording data in the solar system. Big ups to the astronauts, and 676 backers who helped make this a reality!
Project of the Day — Astronomy Diary 2014, a pocket-sized book packed complete with everything a stargazer needs to know.
More spaceships! From my new book DRAWINGS.
Jake’s been posting a lot of new illustrations. Highly recommend following along here.
Saturn V.II Build—Day 153
B-Basic Body (continued)
After a much longer than anticipated break, I am finally resuming the construction of the 1/100 Saturn V.II rocket.
Since my last post:
-Posters and prints were silkscreened
-Hundreds of packages were sent all over the planet
-There is a…
Last year Paul Sahre ran the Saturn V Relaunch project. As part of it, he’s been running this project blog, where he shows you how to build your own rocket.
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Final Frontier Design's civilian space suit is 90% complete. The team hopes to begin testing at the end of the month and build at least four suits this summer. Lookin' sharp!
The force is strong with this one.
Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!
DIY space race?
"Have you ever dreamed of having your own spacecraft?" An inspiring piece in The Verge on the grassroots space race and the pioneering work of several Kickstarter creators.Inside an old storage warehouse in an abandoned shipyard in Copenhagen, Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen have been building a one-man rocket ship they intend to send on a 15-minute, parabolic trip to the edge of space and back.
Von Bengston and Madsen’s non-profit, private space agency is called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and is probably the most extreme do-it-yourself project in the world. Von Bengston is an aerospace scientist and former NASA contractor. Madsen is an engineer who founded a DIY collective that built three submarines as a hobby.
Copenhagen Suborbitals has no government grants, no investors, and no academic affiliation. Instead, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from ordinary people around the world who donated in exchange for a part of their dream.
Four new projects with clever ideas and modest goals caught our attention over the weekend. Standing out as great examples of Kickstarter ideas on a tight budget, these creators are all seeking less than $1,250.
Created by 24-year-old artist and writer Sam Maiden, Reboot is the first issue of a new comic-book collaboration. Maiden describes his true love as writing and producing comics, and his Kickstarter project is his first attempt to realize his dream in print.
Dalek v Enterprise is a highly ambitious lark: A race to the stratosphere between the spacecrafts of Doctor Who and Star Trek. Creator Karlos Fandango’s previous Kickstarter project successfully sent a TARDIS to space and back — despite an unexpected detour up a tree — and he says that this new sci-fi adventure will be his last in the series.
Sling piping-hot dim sum as fast as you can — it’s Dim Sum Robot #1: Mecha Food Cart Action! This delicious little game puts you in charge of a robot food cart as you prowl the city, fly across buildings, and launch dumplings to happy patrons from across the street.
Repeat creator Ray Sumser is an artist obsessed with cartoons. His ongoing project to catalog the “cartoon universe” has been entirely inspired and funded by his Kickstarter backers.
It’s always exciting to see so many creators realizing little dreams in a big way. Discover more small projects on Kickstarter right here.
Creator Dan Cohen just announced that his documentary project, Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope, will air on PBS beginning January 31.
A dream come true for the filmmaker, Cohen says: “Thanks to your support through our Kickstarter effort, millions of Americans will see this inspiring film.”
Deep space strategy.
Sidius Nova is a Kickstarter-funded space strategy game. Just three months after successfully reaching their goal, the game’s creators have launched in the App Store — and it’s free for a limited time.
Sidius Nova is now live on the app store! Get it while it’s free! http://t.co/FQhIzvMU #4x #videogames #indiegames #rts #kickstarter #itunes
Probably our favorite Hex6agon sighting yet.
#Hex6agon up on the window. #kickstarter #hex6 #incamera
One giant leap.
Final Frontier Design (FFD) is a design collaboration between artist and inventor Ted Southern and aerospace engineer Nikolay Moiseev.
After working together on a NASA-sponsored competition and in residence at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, FFD launched a Kickstarter project to jumpstart its most ambitious project: A flight-certified space suit for the burgeoning commercial space industry.
The project was successfully funded this summer and 383 of 386 rewards have already gone out to backers. But the team continues to update supporters with intriguing behind-the-scenes info, including this diagram of the suit’s breathing apparatus.
Give me all your planets.
Spaceopoly brings all the thrills of interplanetary domination to an iPhone near you.
A combination of civilization-building strategy game and Monopoly-style tycoonery, Spaceopoly will allow players to band together for the good of the galaxy — or crush each other with ruthless back-room deals.
The creators just posted a peek at the exclusive Kickstarter ship, for backers only, which looks pretty awesome when those weapons are leveled up.
It is rocket science.
HyperV Technologies Corp. is a small team of scientists working to build a plasma accelerator for jet propulsion. “Say what,” you ask? Let us explain.
Plasma accelerators allow for low-cost, fuel-efficient space travel. The boys behind HyperV have already constructed a functioning single-shot plasma accelerator, but in order for this machine to be functional for space travel, they’ll need to transform it into a repetitively pulsed, continuously operable, compact plasma thruster.
They’re on their way to infinity and beyond, but they’re making a pit-stop as our Project of the Day. Give them a little boost and they’ll blast off.