Thursday 13 June 2013

The TARDIS in Orbit!

Crowdfunding is an interesting thing. People are using it for just about everything these days, from the truly necessary to the fun and interesting to the utterly pointless. This one falls under the fun and interesting category. A father/daughter team from Florida is putting the TARDIS into orbit—well, a miniature replica of the TARDIS at any rate. They’ve already raised the $33,000 they were aiming for, and additional funds will allow them to put a larger TARDIS into orbit.

At first glance, this may seem an utterly preposterous notion. How can they even manage this? But they’re not actually building their own rocket. Instead, they’re booking space on a pre-existing rocket that will be taking lots of other stuff up as well (things from universities, research groups, and private companies), so this actually looks quite doable.

Why are they doing this? Well, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who this November. It’s a way to celebrate that landmark, so why not? Really, when it comes down to it, there’s no other reason than “why not?” but sometimes that’s all you really need. Alas, I’m broke and can’t help out, but clearly there are lots of people who can. Check out their video below or visit their Kickstarter page for all the technical details.

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