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 have decided to launch our campaigns using their services. We’re not aware of any other observatories being funded in this way so this will be a first! For us, it means that we’ll know in a relatively short period of time (45-60 days) whether the projects are funded. And, the sooner that we’re funded, the sooner we can start doing some science. So, please check out the projects out on Indiegogo.
We also need your help spreading the word. By helping us out, you’ll have a chance to win a telescope!