Public telescope Arkyd

Planetary Resources collected funds for a worlds first public telescope Arkyd

In the Planetary Resources Company say that finished a whip-round for construction of a public telescope Arkyd which will be used at the first stage of realization of a task of the company. The Planetary Resources Company proclaimed the purpose creation of new technologies which will help to carry out production of space minerals. However before robots miners will be sent to space, it is planned to execute some preliminary stages, in particular, to send a public telescope which will define objects to which will send research equipments. Initially planned to collect about 1 million dollars whereas in two months it was succeeded to collect nearly 1,5 million. It is planned to send a public telescope into Earth orbit in 2015. The co-founder of Planetary Resources Peter Diamantis says that in the first 24 hours after the official announcement of Planetary Resources they received letters from about 50 000 people interested in the project. The first series of research CubeSat satellites has to be started at the beginning of 2014 that on the basis of these devices to fulfill a number of the concepts connected with space mining. Planned to start next year micro satellites will have the sizes only 30х10х10 cm. Devices will receive the official name Arkyd-3 and will represent much reduced and simplified versions of devices of the future of Arkyd-100 which will be engaged in production of space minerals. The first prototypes of Arkyd-100 have to be ready at 2015. A series of the devices Arkyd-100 will represent the robotized group of satellites where each device will weigh 15-20 kg and will look for water and precious metals on small asteroids close to Earth. According to representatives of Planetary Resources, water and a number of precious metals can indicate existence of rich geology in space object. The space water is not only a liquid source for future space flights, but also an oxygen source for breath, and also hydrogen for fuel of rockets. According to researchers, now to deliver 1 liter of water to ISS costs about 10 000 dollars. If to receive water from space and robots for bring it to station, its cost will decrease in thousands times.