A key element of the PHASTT projects is funding. Traditionally, facilities like these would be funded through institutional or government grants. That’s a great route to go but it can take time (sometimes years) to get a guarantee of funding. Unfortunately, when it comes to determining the risk posed by undiscovered asteroids, time is of the essence. We want to find and characterize as many of the smaller objects as we can and we feel that the sooner that we’re online, the better. And, the best way that we can think of to do that is through crowdfunding.

Because of the market penetration of Indiegogo (and the fact that our team is global), we decided to launch our campaigns using their services. We’re not aware of any other observatories being funded in this way so this was to be a first! Unfortunately, we didn’t meet our goals so are now looking at other innovative ways to fund the projects.

If you’d like to contribute in any way, feel free to send us a note and let us know how we make PHASTT a success together!

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