TARDIS in space. No, a REAL one. Well, a model, but still.

Check this out.  These people are sending a TARDIS into space for the 50th anniversary of Dr Who.

It’s crowd funded here.

How far along are we?

Pretty far, actually. The TARDIS is built. That’s right. We’ve completed the satellite. The satellite is constructed from really light weight aluminum (because weight is a huge issue) and it is a scaled-down version of the actual TARDIS. Our satellite is only about 1 foot tall – because again, weight is a major factor. However, the light on top functions (powered by solar cells in the windows.) And that means that when we put this thing in space, there will be a TARDIS with a blinking light orbiting the Earth. SWEET!

No, this is not a joke.  This is really happening.

But then we thought, what if we put some other stuff inside? So, we did. There is a camera, a GoPro Hero 3, regularly recharged by the solar panels, which will take photos of the Earth from orbit. It’s not the Hubble or a spy telescope, but it should give us some pretty sweet pics. A magnetic, passive attitude control system is in place which will keep the TARDIS’s camera pointing toward the planet. We initially installed a hard drive, but there are issues with a hard drive operating in zero-gravity, so we’ve switched to SSDs for memory. The SSDs are ready to be uploaded with information. We felt really dumb about the hard drive thing until we learned that NASA made the same mistake. They put standard hard drives in every computer on the International Space Station, then realized none of them would work in space.

Now all that is left to do is take the TARDIS to the aerospace company that will be carrying it into space. We will pay them for the launch, based on the size and weight of our satellite, and that’s it. One TARDIS in orbit.

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