Adventures In Deep Space

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Elevator Pitch

August 20, 2021 — Thomas Leavitt

We are going to take the "production line" approach that Elon Musk and SpaceX are using for Starship and Starlink, and apply it to building and launching deep space probes. We are confident that launch costs for these devices are going to plunge through the floor in the next 3-5 years (or so) as Starship comes online and Musk starts sending stuff off to the Moon and Mars in volume, much the same way that vastly lowered launch costs to LEO resulted in a paradigmatic change in what and who launched there.

Our intent is to transform the process from handbuilt one-off design and builds to manufacturing in volume: hundreds, even thousands (over time) of units, send multiple/redundant probes to every object of interest in the solar system from Mercury out to the Kuiper Belt, and to transform visiting these objects from a once in a generation / once in a lifetime (Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, etc.) event to a routine, ongoing event.

Our founder, Thomas Leavitt, is an experienced startup veteran, a year plus into his latest venture, with connections to venture capital and technical resources, and has owned Space.Org since the mid-1990s when his first company, Web Communications, LLC (the world's first self-service web hosting company, founded in May of 1994) started testing out its DNS registration service. We're in the earliest stages of discussion with a prominent space focused accelerator, and one of his current business partners in another venture is a deeply networked, very high visibility VC, so we're confident that in combination with other resources, we can get this off the ground and funded.

On a personal note, Thomas is motivated by a deeply felt frustration at the relative paucity of deep space missions... he finds it unbelievable that Neptune and Uranus (for instance) havent't been visited since Voyager 2, when he was 7 years old! It is our mission as a company to fix this.

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