Amount raised:$106,330 Launch date: July 15, 2013 Cost: Not yet available Cool factor: Pilot a satellite—space camp not required
On July 15, 2013, the team behind ArduSat plans to launch two satellites into space. The satellites, which are 10-centimeter cubes, will let backers use the onboard cameras to take pictures from space or design and run space-based applications, games, and experiments. Kickstarter backers paid as little as $150 for the chance to take 15 photos and as much as $10,000 for the Platinum Partner package, which offers one full week of satellite use, among other perks. Founder Peter Platzer's ultimate goal is for the ArduSat to be accessible to schools and space enthusiasts, so he's hoping to be able to keep costs within reach of the general public.