The first space telescope accessible to the public will be launched at the end of 2019 with a Falcon 9 rocket of the US aerospace transport company Space X. The device, called Waypoint, is currently under construction by a company known as SpaceFab.
This publicly-available space telescope can be used for space observations when it orbits on the night side of the Earth and for the observation of the Earth itself when it travels over the site of daylight.
Anyone can buy how much time he/she wants and use the Waypoint telescope to take pictures of the Earth or observe space objects, as the developers reported. However, the costs of such activities haven’t been revealed, yet.
The first publicly-available telescope, Waypoint, can be used for educational projects, astronomy, and more
Low-resolution archived photos will be free of any costs, while the paid materials include low-cost archived photos, which will facilitate use by a wide variety of public and private clients for education, amateur and professional astronomy, market research, environmental monitoring, mineral prospecting and more, the team behind this project explained.
“We want everyone to be able to use our space telescope, from high school students to professional astronomers,” said Sean League, the co-founder of SpaceFab.
Waypoint Space Telescope is cost-effective as it uses laser communication technology to send the data back to Earth
To download images and readings, the spacecraft will use laser communication, which represents a saving of almost one million dollars in radiofrequency licensing costs. The company, which is located in Orange County, California, plans to build several optical ground stations to receive the satellite data.
Although the exact launch date is not yet known, SpaceFab plans on launching Waypoint, the first space telescope accessible to the wide public in the world, by the end of 2019, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.