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ARKYD Headquarters

In 2013 Citizen Science funded the world’s first public use space telescope on Kickstarter – The ARKYD! At ARKYD Headquarters, stay up to date on our mission progress as we continue to develop your ARKYD, and have fun with us along the way. Want to join the ARKYD mission?  Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on new ways to get involved in the future!

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August 28, 2015

When traditional mining companies evaluate a potential mining target, they have a couple thoughts in mind: (1) Is it technically feasible? (2) How much will it cost? (3) How much risk is involved, and (4) Will it yield a profitable return? In choosing an asteroid target for mining in space, the goals are the same, but the variables…

July 16, 2015

Redmond, Washington – July 16, 2015 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft deployed successfully from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock and has begun its 90-day mission. The demonstration vehicle will validate several core technologies including the avionics, control systems and software, which the company will incorporate…

June 3, 2015

To get anything into space these days, you must first launch it on a rocket. A simple trip to visualize, but the real ride to space is incredibly intense. Have you ever seen a rocket launch?  Have you ever HEARD a rocket launch? If so, you have definitely FELT a rocket launch.  If you haven’t…


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April 21, 2015

The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft is now on the International Space Station awaiting deployment into low-Earth orbit! To celebrate this special milestone, Planetary Resources is releasing a limited edition Arkyd “No Sleep Till Orbit” t-shirt.  Get yours before it’s too late! #NoSleepTillOrbit


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April 20, 2015

Hi Kickstarter! Last week was HUGE for all of us here at Planetary Resources, and YOU! On Tuesday April 14th, our Arkyd technology demonstrator, the Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R), reached new heights (higher than 100 meters!) as it launched successfully into space from Cape Canaveral, FL on a SpaceX Falcon 9 as a part of…

April 10, 2015

Hi Kickstarters, We know we have been quiet for a while, because we’ve been heads down working hard…but now we’re ready to talk! Excited to announce that our next technology demonstration spacecraft, the Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R), is launching THIS Monday 4/13 at 4:33pm EST from Cape Canaveral on the SpaceX CRS-6 mission! Here are…

December 22, 2014

A lot has happened in 2014 as we have progressed towards our mission to mine asteroids in our Solar System. Our team has grown, we have progressed in our technology and spacecraft development, and worked with YOU on some amazing Citizen Science endeavors. Here is a quick snapshot of all the incredible 2014 accomplishments from…

July 14, 2014

Hi Kickstarters! Caitlin here, your Community Foreman, with an update… SO much has happened already this Summer, and we are super excited to share updates on progress towards your ARKYD Space Telescope, and more. First…WE HAVE MOVED! Last month we moved into our new Asteroid Mining Spacecraft Factory in Redmond, WA. We have tripled our…

March 4, 2014

The moment you and nearly 18,000 others rallied together to achieve ARKYD for EVERYONE, my team kicked into high gear to bring our ARKYD Space Telescope to the public. You gave us a community mandate that means much more than designing hardware — It means bringing each of our supporters along for the journey: the…

December 31, 2013

Space Selfies Few aspects of building ARKYD have been as fun as gearing up to take your photos into space and feature them above our planet as “Space Selfies”. Together we’ve been doing our part to bring some serious class to the word “Selfie” and that hard work is starting to show. In November, “Selfie”…

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