Pickstarter: Help Put a TARDIS Into Orbit
by Kyle Anderson on June 8, 2013
This might be one of the most nerdy, awesome, and adorable Kickstarter campaigns ever posted. An intensely likable father and daughter from Florida, both big Doctor Who fans, want to put a miniature TARDIS into Low Earth Orbit to commemorate the show’s 50th Anniversary.
As shown in their video, shooting things into outer space via rocket is quite expensive. They’re asking for $33,000 to put their small, solar-powered TARDIS into orbit. They also say that the more money they get, the larger the TARDIS they can build. A full-size TARDIS floating around the Earth at all times would be awesome, but that’s pretty pricey: $382,000, to be precise. As it is, with 22 days left, the campaign has over $20,000, so they’re very nearly at their asking amount, but maybe with a push they could get enough for the full-sizer.
Here’s a bit about the notion straight from their own mouth, or typing fingers:
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 be wicked 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.”
The perks for this campaign include t-shirts, posters, blueprints of the TARDIS, and, perhaps coolest, escalating amounts of data to be put in the TARDIS databanks. Anything you want! Pictures, words, videos, whatever fits in the amount of space your pledge gets you. That’s a pretty exciting thought. Also, there’s the knowledge that you helped launch a piece of Doctor Who into the stratosphere.
If you want to donate, visit their Kickstarter page here. Plus, these two are great. Always nice to see parents and kids nerd out together.