Saturday, April 26, 2014

Transistorpunks Want to Reboot a 30 Year Old Satellite

...and they'll give you free access to its data.

Remember that old Satellite I told you about a while ago? Well, there are a few transistorpunks out there willing to keep the dreams of the 70s alive. In an effort to put the 30 year old ISEE3 back to work, a team of scientists from various fields wants to re-establish communication with the satellite and bring it back into near earth orbit where it can resume duties. (This is the satellite that NASA couldn't talk to anymore, so these guys dug up the old manuals and borrowed a radio telescope to do the job themselves.) Once they have the old girl functioning, they want to disseminate an app to the public that allows anyone to access the satellite's data.

The only hitch: they need to raise $125,000 by May 18.

It should be easy enough to find 12,500 people willing to donate $10 each. You can't even get a meal at TGI Friday's for that much, so why don't you head over to the project site and offer up your lunch money for the greater good.

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