Crowdfunding campaigns have brought us a lot of different products over the last few years, products like the Pebble, Ouya and the MakerBot have changed how we use technology completely, but thats just the start of how far we could use crowdfunding to our advantage.
Once group of British scientists are looking to take it to that level with the launch of their new campaign which is looking to raise £500 million pounds in order to start a mission to the Moon.
It’s the first time we have personally seen something so big, and it crowdfunded we think it could be one of the best crowdfunding achievements to date.
Backers looking to take part can back the project from as little as $100, which will grant them a memory disc that will be drilled into the surface of the Moon, each one of these will be sized at around 2 inches in diameter and can be loaded with whatever information the backer desires.
However the main part of the mission will be to complete some drilling activities, and once the mission has landed on the Moon its team will drill 100-metres down to take samples for the scientists.
David Iron the CEO of Lunar Missions LTD (the company behind the campaign) said the following about the launch:
“Governments are finding it increasingly difficult to fund space exploration that is solely for the advancement of human knowledge and understanding as opposed to commercial return.”
“The world class team of advisors and supporters we have assembled will address this issue and crucially, anyone from around the world can get involved for as little as a few pounds.”
“Lunar Mission One will make a huge contribution to our understanding of the origins of our planet and the Moon and will inspire a generation to learn more about space, science and engineering – in the same way that my generation was inspired by the Apollo Moon landings.”
The team is seeking funding expects to launch by 2024 if funded, here’s their full timeline:
19 Nov 2014: Kickstarter crowd-funding starts with a target of $950k / £600k / €770k 17 Dec 2014 Crowd-funding phase ends – and we will know if the project can move forward
2015: Establishment of working management teams and the Lunar Missions Club. Procurement planning and risk assessment. Early sales phase starts. 2016 Commercial competition between industrial consortiums. Technology risk reduction starts.
2017: Main mission contract: establishes overall mission cost, plan and timescale. 2018 Main technology design and development starts.
2019: Main sales and marketing campaign starts. 2020 Drilling and precision landing technology developed and tested with prototypes.
2021: Spacecraft full design with payload established. Final build underway. Launcher procured. 2022 Spacecraft component testing. Final sales and marketing campaign.
2023: Spacecraft assembly, integration and final testing. Control centres prepared. 2024 Mission launch and lunar operations.
You can find out more about Lunar Mission One at the source link below.