Frequently Asked Questions
How students benefit from my contribution?
The objective of this project is to promote the study of STEM careers, which can be applied to the space industry. The learning experience is of the highest level when participating on a real mission, allowing students to going through all mission phases from conception of the payload to in-orbit operations.
Launching objects to space has been always expensive, not just because of the manufacturing cost of the satellite, but also the launching itself. For this reason, without the support of people like you this project would be almost impossible.
Are the satellites generating space debris?
No, absolutely no. The satellites are sent to a Low Earth Obit of about 500 to 600 kilometers in altitude. After less than one year, and because of the remanent density of the atmosphere at that altitude, the satellites will re-enter and will burn in the atmosphere, generating no debris.
In what type of nickel coin the names are to be embossed?
Nickel is a particular material that is no degraded with the radiation, hight heat, extreme cold, or any other harsh environment found in space, so it is the preferred material to use when something has to survive for a long time.
The technology used to store the names in this particular coin allow us to store more than 2,000 pages of text per square centimeter. We will be able to emboss 20,000 names that will fly to space.
Can my contribution be considered as a donation?
It is important to note that your help is not a purchase, but a support to a creative and ambitious initiative. This means that there will be always some risk that, independently of your gratitude, the project cannot be totally finished.
For this reason the project organizers have created a list of recognitions based on the support level. By doing so, if something goes wrong you will have something in change. Help us spreading the word, helping to reach more people and making the project a reality!