Normally when we promote a Kickstarter project on GFR, it’s one that hasn’t met its goal yet, usually because it had just started. But when you’re talking about something as awesome as a crowdfunded campaign to put a TARDIS satellite into orbit, the money doesn’t take a lot of time to get generated.
3 Stags, a Florida-based micro-budget production company, designed a one-foot-tall replica of the iconic Doctor Who police box. Don’t go thinking a one-foot-tall TARDIS is in some way inferior to a lifesize one, because the solar-powered blinky light on top will prove you wrong. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Doctor, the TARDIS will be launched into low-Earth orbit as part of a rocket’s payload. The company’s $33,000 goal was to cover the cost of getting the TARDIS a ride, and with 14 days left in the campaign, over $45,000 has been raised, securing the space cab ride and then some.
The fastest ship in sci-fi will be equipped with a GoPro Hero 3 camera, also charged by solar panels, which will get some great shots of Earth from Low Earth Orbit. Though they mistakenly designed it with a hard drive, those don’t work in space, so they had to switch to solid-state drives (SSDs), which are equipped with enough memory for donors to upload messages ranging from one to five megabytes, depending on the donation. If you want to send your cover of Chris Hadfield’s cover of “Space Oddity,” get on that shit.
The more money they received, the bigger the TARDIS they spoke of building, even though the one they have is already built, and is light enough and small enough to do what they want it to do. I don’t think they expected the funding to hit this level. A full-size TARDIS would cost $382,000. You could probably build a lifelike companion for that price. Not that I’m saying anyone should.
Check out the overlong and slightly unprofessional campaign video below.