You’ve probably seen dozens of crazy campaigns on Kickstarter, some of which we have shared here with you like a wizard wand or a Bluetooth speaker that sets your music on fire. This one, however, stands out for being the first crowdfunding campaign that aims to launch a rocket into space. And they are taking a small titanium payload carrying photos and videos from project backers into space.
After watching a video of a balloon flying through the stratosphere, Chris Larmour, co-founder of Moonspike, asked himself how difficult it would be to send something to the moon, and now he is willing to find out. This project will take any type of digital content (within the legal limits and common sense, of course) to the moon with the help of a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign.
We can imagine how difficult it would be to send something to the moon, so it’s no wonder that the team behind this project has a great load of experience already. Besides being an experienced spacecraft designer for NASA, Kristian von Bengston, co-founder of Moonspike, was also the co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a company of amateur rocket engineers that has already successfully launched several rockets into space with a very limited budget for the past seven years.
So with a team of experts at Moonspike, they have spent the last nine months calculating the parameters of the rocket, which will not only make it to the moon, but leave the backer’s memory vault there safely. To get to the moon, they will build a two-stage, liquid-fueled vehicle that is capable of lifting a small spacecraft into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). When the spacecraft reaches the desired speed, it separates and is propelled to the moon carrying the digital data safely on a special radiation-shielded storage device.
If you have any questions about how this whole mission is possible, there is a feasibility study on the campaign page on Kickstarter that explains the rocket design and detailing how the project was done. There is still a lot of ground to cover before making it to the moon though, their campaign has only reached £50,000 of it’s £600,000 goal with 25 days left.
Source and images: Moonspike