SpaceFab is currently designing and building the Waypoint space telescope, the world's first app controlled space telescope. A user anywhere in the world can use our app on a smartphone, tablet or computer to tell the space telescope to take a picture of the stars or the Earth. The Waypoint satellite will take care of the rest, sending the data directly back to your device within 24 hours. We plan to launch the first Waypoint space telescope on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare in late 2019.
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On the side of the space telescope there is a Full-HD digital screen where we will be able to show any image you'd like. With the Earth in the background, we will be taking beautiful pictures using a camera mounted on the back of one of the solar panels.
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Waypoint Space Telescope
Without the distorting effects of Earth's atmosphere, our space telescope can take perfect high resolution images every time. Contrast will be fantastic, with the blackness of background space not being washed out by Earth's atmosphere, clouds, moisture, or city lights. Galaxies, nebulae, clusters, and everything else in the sky will be brighter and clearer. Most of the sky will be visible to our space telescope as it orbits the Earth. This means you can image objects found in the southern hemisphere's sky as easily as in the northern hemisphere's sky. It also means you don't have to wait for the sun to set to photograph it. In space, we can image and take data 24 hours a day.
Professional astronomers and NASA engineers are interested in using the Waypoint space telescope for
Gravity wave follow-up
Custom research projects
The Waypoint space telescope will be able to take hyper-spectral pictures of any place on Earth. Different substances reflect and absorb light at different colors. By looking at the reflected light, we can tell what kind of substance it is. We can also deduce the health of plants, see pests, what type of minerals are in the soil, moisture content and more. Hyper-spectral imaging can also be used for geology or the mining industry. It can see what types of minerals are on the surface, giving clues as to what is underneath. This technology is important to farming, geology, environmental studies and much more. SpaceFab's Waypoint One will carry a 150 band hyper-spectral imager on-board for gathering an incredible wealth of data from Earth imagery. The benefits to this technology can't be overstated, from helping farms yield more crops for less money, with less environmental impact, to monitoring changes in climate. Anyone in the world will be able to take hyper-spectral images using the SpaceFab app controlled Waypoint space telescope!
Future of SpaceFab
After our space telescope network is in place, we will then build our deep space mining satellites to go out to metal asteroids. This will allow us, even from the very first asteroid mission, to successfully approach, mine, process and begin building our space factories through 3D printing, ion beams, electron beam welding, ion deposition, and other advanced technologies. We will use much of this building capability to build more tools to build more machines, therefore, increasing our output exponentially.
Our ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of manufacturing in space to the point where it will be less expensive to manufacture in space than to manufacture on Earth. This will enable the construction of large objects in space, like space stations, that are currently too costly to implement.