We’re sending a TARDIS into space!
November 23, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and we’re extremely excited. So excited, in fact, that we almost don’t know what to do… almost. Actually, we know exactly what to do: We’ve built a replica TARDIS and we’re sending it into orbit. Yes, really! We’re not talking about sticking a little, plastic TARDIS on top of a model rocket and shooting it really high into the sky (although that would bewicked cool). And we’re not going to tie a TARDIS to a weather balloon (which, by the way would also be pretty flippin’ awesome). No, we’re putting a TARDIS into the payload bay of a real, actual, honest-to-goodness, rocket, and launching it into a Low Earth Orbit.
Low Earth Orbit is where satellites need to be to actually “orbit” the Earth, not just fall back down. So, we’re talking about sending this thing, really, really, high… space high. The international space station is in Low Earth Orbit. Seriously. The guys on the International Space Station will be able to look out their windows and say: “Check out that police call box floating by.”Here’s one of our rewards. For a $45 pledge you’ll receive this shirt and have your name and your message added to the TARDIS satellite.
How far along are we?
Pretty far, actually. The TARDIS is built. That’s right. We’ve completed the satellite. The satellite is constructed from really light weight aluminum (because weight is a huge issue) and it is a scaled-down version of the actual TARDIS. Our satellite is only about 1 foot tall - because again, weight is a major factor. However, the light on top functions (powered by solar cells in the windows.) And that means that when we put this thing in space, there will be a TARDIS with a blinking light orbiting the Earth. SWEET!
But then we thought, what if we put some other stuff inside? So, we did. There is a camera, a GoPro Hero 3, regularly recharged by the solar panels, which will take photos of the Earth from orbit. It’s not the Hubble or a spy telescope, but it should give us some pretty sweet pics. A magnetic, passive attitude control system is in place which will keep the TARDIS’s camera pointing toward the planet. The hard drive has also been installed, and is ready to be uploaded with information, and we’ve installed and tested the processors that will operate everything. NOTE: We may change our memory storage system to SSD cards since they are more durable and there is less chance they could be damaged during the turbulence of launch.
Now all that is left to do is take the TARDIS to Interorbital Systems, the aerospace company that will be carrying it into space. We will pay them for the launch, based on the size and weight of our satellite, and that’s it. One TARDIS in orbit. But, we have to pay them. That’s why we’re here on Kickstarter. Putting satellites in orbit can be expensive.View from the top of the TARDIS showing the hard drive mounted just above the solar panelsA peek inside the TARDIS. This is our motherboard, and it controls all the on-board operations.Modified TrollPro 3 housing for our camera (a GoPro 3) because, well again, weight is everything.
If we reach our funding goal, the TARDIS that you see in the video will be the one that we send into space. Now, of course, we’d like to put a full-size TARDIS into orbit, but that’s an even more expensive proposition. There is limited physical space inside the rocket, and as we’ve already mentioned, weight is an issue. If, however, we receive more funds, we can build a bigger TARDIS, possibly even full size.
What if we get more money?
We’ve already said this, but when you’re talking about putting stuff into space, your primary concerns are size and weight. The bigger it is, the more space it takes up inside the rocket. The heavier it is, the more thrust you need to get it into space. So, what will we do with more money? Build a bigger TARDIS.
Every dollar over the $33,000 means that our TARDIS can be a little bit bigger. We could put a full size TARDIS in orbit with $382,000. It’s a crazy amount of money, we know, but it’s not out of the question if we got a lot of support. And weare talking about a full-size TARDIS…in space…
Can we really put a satellite into orbit for only $33,000?
Good question. First, let’s just say that we couldn’t do it for that price if the TARDIS were the only thing inside the rocket. You may not know this, but rockets arereally expensive!
Our TARDIS will not be the only thing inside the rocket, though. We are sharing payload space with other satellites which are being put into orbit by universities and research groups and private companies. These satellites are designed to monitor weather patterns, and track migratory animals, and do zero-gravity experiments, you know, really serious stuff that’s nowhere near as cool as launching a TARDIS into space. So, we’re sharing the cost of the launch. That’s why we can do it for that price.
As if being a part of putting a TARDIS in orbit were not cool enough, we’re giving away some pretty nifty rewards, too. See, there will be a hard drive (see above image) inside the TARDIS satellite. And on that hard drive will be all the information about our backers. That’s right. There will be a TARDIS orbiting the Earth, and inside will be your name, your personal message, and even your photos or videos… In space! How awesome is that?
Our production company will be filming the entire project for a short, documentary film, and that film will also mention our backers in a special thanks at the end. We will set up a web site where people will be able to watch the film about the orbiting TARDIS. We will also post images taken from the TARDIS itself - pictures from space. The site will also have all of the information that is stored on the TARDIS’s hard drive. So any time you like, you can visit the web site and see what’s in that TARDIS. Cool, huh?
How will we do it?
The first step is building the TARDIS, and that’s already been done. We based our construction on the specs from the original show, and used light-weight materials to ensure that our finished satellite would be as easy as possible to get into space.The blue print for the blue box
The second step is putting this blue box into space. That’s the tricky part, and we’re going to leave that to the Rocket scientists… literally. We have contracted with Interorbital Systems, an aerospace firm that does this sort of thing all the time. The launch that will carry our TARDIS into orbit is already scheduled and there is still payload space available. All we have to do is raise the money to “pay for our ticket” as it were.
Interorbital Systems use a new generation of low-cost, rapid-response, orbital launch vehicles based on the NEPTUNE Modular Series of rockets. The NEPTUNE Modular Series rocket system is an evolved version of a similar system under development by OTRAG. Lutz Kayser, the former head of the OTRAG team, is an important consultant on this project.Test firing the rocket that will take our TARDIS into space.
That’s it. As crazy as it sounds, it’s a pretty simply project, really. The TARDIS satellite is finished, and the launch is scheduled. Now, we just need your help to make it happen.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As you can see, the TARDIS satellite is done, so the only risk in completing the project will come with the launch.
Of course there are always concerns with a rocket launch. After all, the whole thing could explode, but these launches happen all the time without incident. There are thousands of satellites in the sky, and more and more are added every time we turn around, so it isn’t exactly “risky.”
I haven’t seen a post about this yet, but wouldn’t it be awesome? What better way to celebrate than 50th anniverary other than putting a TARDIS into space! So even if you can’t contribute even $1, spread it, and we may just reach $33,000 by the end of this month!
My conspiracy theory project- Is The Doctor Real?
Hell Yeah he is.I had to explain all of Doctor Who that I needed my class to understand in less than 2 minutes, because then I had to convince them he was real in less than three after that.
I am VICTORIOUS! I know there may be some mistakes about The Doctor himself in here but take into account it might be on purpose because the teenagers of my class know nothing. Enjoy.
ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS BETTER FREAKING REBLOG THIS SHIT BECAUSE MY FRIEND CONNER WORKED HER ASS OFF FOR THIS DAMN PROJECT, IT WAS AMAZING AND IT GAVE HER A REASON TO FANGIRL IN CLASS.
IT’S THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE!!