June 30, 2013

Sir Richard Branson invests in Planetary Resources

Well here we are, in the final hours of our crowdfunding campaign.  We have a lot in store for you during our LIVE FINALE EVENT beginning at 3:00 p.m. PDT today (convert to your time) through the close of our Kickstarter campaign at 7:00 p.m. PDT.  But before all of that fun starts, we wanted to share with you some exciting news.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Richard Branson has joined Planetary Resources’ core group of investors.

“I’m excited to be part of the Planetary Resources’ team working on extracting precious minerals from near Earth asteroids.  The only way to truly explore our Solar System is to develop the technology and means to sustain our presence in space without depleting resources of Earth.” — Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group.

AND . . . he is so excited that the ARKYD will provide unprecedented public access to space, he has generously made his own campaign pledge of $100,000 to support interactive programming to strengthen STEM education, and to move us closer to our remaining three stretch goals.

The remaining stretch goals have been reduced by $100,000 thanks Sir Richard Branson’s substantial pledge to ARKYD – A Space Telescope For Everyone:

$1.4 Million — THE BETA-SELFIE: Double your selfie experience and see yourself in development! Every selfie pledge or higher receives an exclusive digital Beta-Selfie, taken in 2014 during the crucial integration phase of spacecraft build! Become a part of the build and catch a glimpse of our clean-room squad in action!

$1.6 Million — ASTEROID ZOO: We will team with Zooniverse to develop a platform that will allow YOU to find asteroids at home, and help train computers to better find them in the future. Support citizen science that helps astronomers to identify more asteroids today, and the ARKYD to find asteroids when it arrives in orbit.

$1.9 Million — ALIEN PLANETS: We will add exoplanet detection capability to the ARKYD by enhancing the space telescope’s stability systems and dedicating time to monitoring candidate star systems.

We thank you Richard for your support of Planetary Resources and for your contribution to inspire and excite the next generation of explorers!

Let’s keep kickin’ to $2 million!!!  Our campaign closes at 7:00 p.m. PDT today!




Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer
Eric Anderson, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, and
Peter Diamandis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder