Unless you've been living under a science fiction rock, you probably know that 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the popular television series Doctor Who. In honor of that anniversary, a group of Doctor Who fans have put together a successful Kickstarter project to send a TARDIS-shaped satellite into Earth’s orbit. The satellite, constructed from aluminum due to its light weight, is a scaled down version of The Doctor’s own TARDIS used on the television series. No detail has been left out: the soon-to-be orbiting TARDIS even has a functioning light on top that is powered via solar cells.
The TARDIS satellite, which has already been built, also includes a GoPro Hero 3, which has been set up to be regularly recharged by solar panels. The team is hoping to get some nice photos of Earth from orbit. The camera also features a magnetic, passive attitude control system that will keep it pointed in the Earth’s direction as the satellite orbits. For memory, the camera will use SSDs. The construction of the TARDIS itself was based on specs from the show, as well as by using a piece of official Doctor Who merchandise as a template. As to whether the actual satellite is bigger on the inside, however, is anyone’s guess.
Once the Kickstarter project is over, the TARDIS will be handed over to an aerospace company that will carry it into space. The funds raised will pay for the launch of the replica TARDIS that will go into the payload of a rocket that will launch it into Low Earth Orbit.
The project has already reached its funding goal, but still has seven days to go. Backers can receive some nice perks like their name and/or messages on the satellite’s hard drive and a blueprint of the TARDIS satellite.
A stretch goal has been added to make the TARDIS bigger with each amount over the initial $33,000 goal. Regardless, sometime this year, the infamous blue box will be orbiting our planet. The idea of that alone makes this project worth funding.