A very busy first week…

In this post – International interplanetary exploration; British Interplanetary Society reward distribution; Pledges and backing the project; Administration and infrastructure; European Planetary Science Congress 2013 meet up and more

It has been an amazingly busy week dealing with hundreds of email a day about the project which is very gratifying and hard work!

We’re a truly international interplanetary expedition with hundreds of spacecraft backed by people from 32 countries (as of today) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America – thank you one and all.

Your free British Interplanetary Society (BIS) special membership details and the first free copy of the journal ‘Spaceflight’ are due to be sent out by the BIS next Friday (6th September) to all backers who have converted their Kickstarter pledge into credit card/PayPal backing for the project and made the payment.

If you haven’t converted your pledge yet (including clicking on the payment link in the follow up email link you receive after sending the form), please do so today by clicking here so you don’t miss out on this and the other rewards. If you think you’ve filled in the form but haven’t received the follow up email with payment details or replied if we sent any follow up questions, please check your spam folder and contact support@pocketspacecraft.com if you still can’t find it.

We’ve been busy executing contracts and options to take up the kind offers of facilities and services (such as workspace, studentships, spacecraft launch and insurance, website improvements, etc.) we’ve received to get our mission infrastructure up and running now we’re funded. We have about another week of administration tasks, and then we’ll be moving on implementation and start posting some technical nitty gritty for you to get your teeth into.

We intend to release all future project updates on this blog rather than the Kickstarter update page, so please change your bookmarks to point to this page. All blog posts will be available to backers of the project as soon as they are published. Non-backers will see a few posts as soon as they are published (such as this one), with the other posts being made freely available after a delay of a few months after original publication. Backers will shortly receive invitations by email describing how to access the backers only blog posts with a username and password.

If you’re not yet a backer, it’s not too late. If you backed the original Kickstarter, you can still convert your pledge as described above. If you didn’t, we can’t offer all the rewards in the original Kickstarter, but if you fill in this form, you can indicate that you’d still like take part and at what level, and we’ll try to make that happen for you if we can.

We’re going to be attending the European Planetary Science Congress 2013 at University College London in the United Kingdom which runs from the 8th to 13th September. If you’d be interested in informally meeting some of the team on Tuesday 10th September at 1800, please let us know by filling in this form and we’ll send details of where we’ll be meeting closer to the time.

Thank you again for all your support – onwards to the Moon!

Michael and the Pocket Spacecraft team

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