A team of developers based in San Jose wants to let the average person put their ideas in space via an open-source satellite. And the public apparently loved that concept.
The ArduSat project called for funds on Kickstarter and reached more than three times their goal of $35,000.
The team wants to put an Arduino satellite in space to make “space exploration affordable to anyone,” says Peter Platzer, the project’s physicist, on the Kickstarter page.
“Once launched, the ArduSat (Arduino satellite) will be the first open platform allowing the general public to design and run their own space-based applications, games and experiments, and steer the onboard cameras to take pictures on-demand,” the project’s Kickstarter page states.
The satellite will be launched next July. It is built from a CubeSat satellite that measures about 100 cubic centimeters in size.
The group, which calls itself ppl4world, reached out to the Kickstarter community for $35,000 to make their vision a reality. They reached that goal five days ago, and now have surpassed $106,000 in funding.
This is the team’s first project. Check out this list of ideas from ArduSat’s developers.
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