OPEN DSKY Apollo 50th Anniversary

Created by S&T GeoTronics LLC

The only commercially available Open Source Replica of the "Out of this World" Computer that brought man to the moon.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Record Success and Major update!
11 months ago – Sun, Mar 04, 2018 at 06:20:46 PM

Since this is a rather long update, here is the Executive summary:
  • - Thank You, we are humbled, this is way more than we expected!  
  • - Kickstarter 2 weeks payment processing period started, then we get the funds.  
  • - BackerKit partnership will help with fullfillment  
  • - Apollo 50th Anniversary Cruise is being considered, need input.  

Read below for the whole story:  

If $20,000 was launching us in a Low Earth orbit and $50,000 would allow us to reach the moon, this campaign has allowed us to be well on our way to Mars!  

THANK YOU to all backers who believed in us till the end. We are humbled as this campaign was way more successful than we expected despite any other actions targeting us. So now we wait for Kickstarter to collect the funds and transfer them to us which can take up to 14 days as there are always a few credit card payment issues to be resolved. If these few backers do not address and resolve their credit card problem, they will be automatically removed by Kickstarter and we will not build or ship anything to them.

We are extremely proud to inform all o y'alls that we have partnered with BackerKit for campaign fulfillment. They have a very strong platform which should help us in collecting survey answers and fulfilling all orders on schedule. A nice side benefit of partnering with Backerkit is that it provides us an easy opportunity to offer all of our backers some add-ons at reduced prices. When you receive your survey, you will then have options to add to your order at significantly discounted prices S&T GeoTronics items that are related to Open DSKY or not (like Open Enigma at its lowest price ever)... (some items have even never been offered before like our Open VFD).  

For instance, we had intended to give each of you our unique solid cherry wood laser cut display stand if we reached $100K. We then received tremendous amount of interest for this unique, simple accessory that displays your Open DSKY just at the right angle so we decided to offer it as a simple low-priced add-on (with free shipping).  

ATTENTION! A supporter/backer/collaborator suggested a Moon landing 50th anniversary themed group cruise/Kennedy Space center tour/vacation to have like minded space enthusiasts enjoy a few days/stories together. We think it has potential for everyone to have a good time and would like your input and have you express your interest with such an endeavor.  

Details: 3 or 4 nights Bahamas cruise on Carnival leaving from Port Canaveral in mid-July 2019 for ~ $500 - $600 /person for average inside berthing quarters. Possibility of adding on a Kennedy Space center custom tour upon return to shore. Reception cocktail meet and greet included, special speaker, auction and raffle. Please comment on this update if this is something you are potentially interested in. Discounted air fare and hotels also available. Have a peek for more info:

http://dkogel.dreamvacationsgroups.com/#/groups/9131480  

O.K. We now have over 160 DSKY to 3D Print, 525 3 Segments display to 3D print after soldering 2500 tiny leds on that mini PCB. Plus lots of kits to prep and ship.. Ouch! Good news is that we are already starting this process, because it will take a while...  

Till next update,  

- Marc

Important milestone for us.
12 months ago – Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 09:17:42 PM

This is a special moment for us as this Open DSKY Kickstarter has finally beat our Open Enigma Kickstarter pledge total ($62,054) from a few years ago. Please keep this momentum going by sharing, tweeting, posting, etc. We still need your help. The next major milestone for us is 210 backers...  

 

As we are working on adding more and more functionality to the Open DSKY, we realized that if it had a Ping sensor, not only could you use the GPS like the Astronauts were using telemetry on long distances, making sure in the process that you don't let the Gyroscope (IMU) fall in Gimbal lock, but once you get too close for GPS accuracy, you could do exactly like the Astronauts and switch to the Radar (Ping in our case) until touchdown. GREAT NEWS! We will upgrade every PCB kit for free with this feature when we reach our $150K Stretch Goal.

 We are proud to announce that we are now featured on BackerClub.co

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Finally, the link in this other campaign that we like was defective in the prior update, so here it is again. They have now met their initial goal, so on to Stretch goals. -This is the ONLY watch I would wear going into space: Incredibly affordable, uniquely designed Swiss powered automatic watches  

 In 2016 Hamtun launched their first model and raised over $220,000. Now they are back with their stunning Swiss powered follow- up. At just £269, you’ll struggle to ever find a better deal. Check it out  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hamtun/neon-automatic-the-stunning-swiss-powered-watch-fr

First Goal reached! Thank You!!
12 months ago – Mon, Feb 05, 2018 at 04:21:34 AM

WOW!

We were aiming as a first goal for a Low Earth Orbit, and we overshot, Thanks to all o' yalls! 150% of our first Goal within 4 days is very impressive. We are humbled. Now that we know the campaign is successful, we can actually start planning.  

None of this journey would be possible without Early adopters like you are. Your backing us is a proof of confidence and is what has set the tone for this campaign. It is the energy we needed to push beyond and find out how far we can go!  

Now we all need to stretch ourselves and go beyond! This still includes You!  

So your job is not over... We need input and suggestions on what our stretch goals could be. What would you like to see in this product, beyond the features already described?  

  • 1- More Verbs/Nouns/Programs? Any specific ones in mind?  
  • 2- A calculator mode so you can have the coolest calculator in town?  
  • 3- Interfacing with more I/O? A rattling motor inside the case to simulate retro boosters?
  • 4- Specific versions of the device?  
  • 5- Elon Musk sending one in space in his Tesla with his B.F.R. ?  
  • 5- ???  

Comment to this update so we can keep track of suggestions. While we make no promises, we will review all suggestions and determine if/when/how any idea could be fulfilled. We now have collaborators and are not afraid to use them...  

Stay Tuned, and fasten your seatbelt! Moon orbit is the next step...

WOW! First stretch goal achieved already!
12 months ago – Sun, Feb 04, 2018 at 06:34:17 PM

We received many suggestions for Stretch Goals and are still receiving more... A lot of backers would like More Verbs, more Nouns and more functionality. There is no real consensus yet on what these verbs/nouns should be so this is an Open forum so we can deliver functionality that people actually want.

For example, one excellent suggestion was for a program that would run a full Apollo 11 simulation from Launch to Splashdown in Real Time. Some other backers would really like for our DSKY to be launched in Outer Space aboard a SpaceX rocket, pushing old/new tech to new frontiers.

The cool thing about Open Source is that there can be different versions of code (written by different programmers) that do different things with the same set of hardware. You get to choose which code you run today.

We did get a request asking for a matrix to explain in detail what each reward is getting/not getting. This makes a lot of sense and we are sorry we did not think of this on our own. It is now part of the campaign about ¾ of the way down…

Drum Roll! We are very proud to announce today that once we reach 100K, this will unlock for everyone (that chose a kit or assembled device), our brand new FREE Laser Cut Solid Cherry wood Desk/Display stand.

Rumors for a future Stretch Goal… There are rumors in the S&T lab that a password protected servo motor actuated concealment storage is possibly in the planning stages as an alternative back for the Open DSKY. This would allow some DSKY owners to hide their firearm or plutonium or favorite blend of herbs or spices inside their DSKY... However, we cannot confirm or deny at this time.

- Marc

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I just want to highlight another project that is running at the moment that I found interesting: -This is the ONLY watch I would wear going into space:

Incredibly affordable, uniquely designed Swiss powered automatic watches

 In 2016 Hamtun launched their first model and raised over $220,000. Now they are back with their stunning Swiss powered follow- up. At just £269, you’ll struggle to ever find a better deal. Check it out HERE