[ExI] Arkyd

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 17:41:16 UTC 2013

On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Alfio Puglisi <alfio.puglisi at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 6:12 AM, Alfio Puglisi <alfio.puglisi at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> What? After lining up such an impressive list of "investors", as they
>>> call them:
>>> http://www.planetaryresources.com/team/
>>> now they need kickstarter to raise $1M? Must be a joke
>> Every source of funding.  Also, this may be more PR than
>> actual fundraising.
> I agree it's most likely a PR move. By the way, I am a little surprised by
> how small the Arkyd telescope really is. A diameter of 20 cm? I had
> previously read most of Planetary Resources' web site, but the size of the
> Arkyd had escaped me for some reason. Being so small, it will have a
> resolving power of about 1 arcsecond - about the same as you can get on the
> ground ! Basically, you don't need to send such a telescope in orbit,
> except maybe to gain some wavelength coverage. But for the same $1M, you
> could buy hundreds of commercially available 20cm telescopes. So yes, it's
> PR and PR only. Maybe it's useful as a training system to remotely operate
> stuff in orbit. Whatever, I'm a bit disappointed.

But being in space, you don't get the diffraction of the atmosphere...
Shouldn't a 20cm space telescope be able to see much more than one on the

Besides, this is all about involving schools and other organizations in
science. Just for that reason, I think it's a great idea. Science has a bad
reputation among too many people.

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