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Kickstarter celebrates 2013: A year of satellites, toys, and a whole lot of crowd funding

It was a big year for Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform released its annual year-in-review slideshow this week, complete with some new numbers about how much people are using the crowdfunding service to give money to creators looking for a push to get their idea off the ground. According to Kickstarter, 3 million backers pledged $480… Read More

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Meet the Seattle 10: These innovative startups are looking to change the world

Seattle is ripe with innovation. From aerospace to biotechnology to software to retail, startup companies in this moss-covered part of the globe are breaking traditional boundaries, creating groundbreaking ideas that truly could change how we see the world. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce the Seattle 10, presented in partnership with the Museum… Read More

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Asteroid miners raise $1.5M for public space telescope, name Richard Branson as investor

Planetary Resources’ Kickstarter campaign started one month ago with some help from Brent Spiner, ended this past weekend with $100,000 from Sir Richard Branson and raised a nice chunk of change from more than 17,000 backers during the process itself. The Bellevue asteroid-mining company just finished one of the top-25 most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history, raising $1,505,366… Read More

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Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources partners with 3D printing giant

Just a few months after partnering with the nation’s largest engineering firm, Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources announced a new investment from a 3D printing giant. 3D Systems, a South Carolina-based manufacturer of 3D printing products, is making an undisclosed investment in Planetary to help spur development of the company’s Arykd-100 spacecraft. This comes after Bechtel Corporation, the largest… Read More

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Asteroid-mining company raises $1M for world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

It’s official: The world’s first crowdfunded, public use space telescope will be sent into space within two years. Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company, met its Kickstarter campaign goal of $1 million on Thursday, as more than 12,000 backers pitched in to launch a customized version of the company’s Arkyd-100 robot spaceship with an external camera into near-Earth… Read More

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With $2M in Kickstarter funds, asteroid-mining company’s public telescope could find alien planets

It ain’t Kepler, but an upgrade to Planetary Resources’ crowdfunded public telescope could hunt for alien planets. The Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company announced new Kickstarter stretch goals in its campaign to produce the world’s first crowdfunded, public use space telescope. After two weeks, funding sits about $140,000 shy of the original $1 million goal. With 19 days… Read More

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Q&A: Star Trek’s ‘Data’ on autism, space travel, and the link between humanity and technology

He didn’t realize it at the time, but when Brent Spiner portrayed an android named “Data,” during 177 episodes of Star Trek, he was an inspiration for those suffering from autism and Asperger syndrome. Often struggling to understand human emotion, “Data” was one of the few characters on TV that people with autism or Asperger… Read More

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Kickstarter campaign for public space telescope reaches $100K in 2 hours

Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company, today launched a $1 million Kickstarter campaign for the world’s first crowdfunded, public use space telescope. Naturally, you may wonder why a startup that’s backed by some of the biggest names in technology is asking the public for money. But at today’s press conference at the Museum of Flight announcing the campaign,… Read More

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Asteroid-mining company launches $1M Kickstarter campaign for world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

When Planetary Resources first announced its plans to mine near-earth asteroids last year, the response was impressive. More than 3,500 people applied for jobs, another 2,500 inquired about investing and nearly 50,000 reached out wanting to get involved in some way or another. While the Bellevue-based company could only allow a select few onto the team, it knew there… Read More

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Bill Nye and Star Trek’s ‘Data’ helping asteroid miners with ‘unprecedented’ new project

Planetary Resources is on a mission to mine near-earth asteroids and now they want you to join in on the fun, too. The Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company backed by some of the biggest names in technology and aerospace will hold a press conference this Wednesday to announce a new, “unprecedented project” intended to give the public access to its advanced space… Read More

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Asteroid-mining company reveals new telescope, says ‘water is the gateway drug of space’

A lot has happened since Bellevue-based Planetary Resources announced its plans to mine near-earth asteroids just one year ago. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the company just held a half-hour live stream today to discuss the past 365 days and talk about plans for the future. “It’s really just been epic,” President and Chief Asteroid Miner… Read More

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Innovation of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

It’s time to vote in one of the most hotly contested categories in the GeekWire Awards: Innovation of the Year. Our five finalists are below, as selected by our panel of judges from your nominations. These homegrown Pacific Northwest technologies include an innovative application of social media, an ambitious commercial space venture, a novel input technology for iPhone… Read More

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Washington teen wins NASA “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest

There’s just something about Washington teenagers and their ability to talk about space exploration creatively. The Coalition for Space Exploration and NASA just announced the winners of their “Why Space Matters to the Future” national video contest and two Washington teens won first and second place. The contest asked three questions: How has space affected,… Read More

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Planetary Resources pulls in cash from nation’s largest engineering firm to help mine asteroids

Planetary Resources, the asteroid-mining company backed by some of the biggest names in technology and aerospace, just announced a big investment and new partnership with one of the world’s leading engineering companies. Bechtel Corporation, the largest construction and engineering company in the U.S. with 53,000 employees across 50 countries, has joined Planetary’s core group of… Read More

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Planetary Resources founder: ‘Humans will migrate off Earth in the next 30 years’

Can you imagine packing your belongings and hopping on a spaceship to go live on another planet for the rest of your life? Eric Anderson, co-founder of Bellevue-based asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, certainly can. Anderson gave a great talk at this week’s Hacker News Meetup, a monthly get-together of geeks who like reading Hacker News. The… Read More

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Deep Space Industries entering asteroid-mining world, creates competition for Planetary Resources

Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company backed by some of the biggest names in technology and aerospace, now has some more competition. A new Virginia-based space company called Deep Space Industries announced today that by 2015, it will be sending a 55-pound “FireFly” spacecraft into the sky in search of asteroids near earth. The company vows… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Asteroid miner Chris Lewicki points Planetary Resources to a new industry in space

They plan to send robots into space to mine asteroids — opening up a new frontier for natural resources and creating a trillion-dollar industry in the process. Planetary Resources’ mission would sound crazy if it wasn’t for the people behind it — led by “chief asteroid miner” Chris Lewicki as president and chief engineer. A… Read More

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Asteroid miners may launch their own Kickstarter project

Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based company that plans to launch robotic spacecraft to mine near-Earth asteroids, doesn’t need extra money, backed by investors including Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Ross Perot Jr. But the company is considering a Kickstarter campaign to get the public more involved in its effort — offering donors benefits including the… Read More

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SpaceX and beyond: Latest from the new space race

The docking of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule with the International Space Station is a landmark for the private space industry, marking the first time a commercial spacecraft has flown a mission to the International Space Station, to deliver supplies. SpaceX is one of many companies developing commercial space technologies and planning to launch their own spacecraft… Read More