Mars One‘s technical engineer Kristian Von Bengston who was involved to design of Simulation Outpost Alpha is no longer in the teamlist of the project. He was working on his own space project “Moonspike“.


Kristian Von Bengston

As we can see on Mars One official website, Kristian is no longer in the team. Besides Mars One and Moonspike, Kristian Von Bengston took part in Copenhagen Suborbitals and Objective Europa projects.

The Moonspike project aims to launch a small titanium payload carrying photos and videos from project backers into space, and ultimately crash it into the moon. The resulting dust plume from the impact should observable from orbit, its backers say. While a science return from the mission would be desirable, the main goal is to see if a small group of engineers can create a moon rocket and payload for a reasonable amount of money, Chris Larmour, a co-founder of the project and serial space entrepreneur, told in an e-mail. It’s the first campaign of its kind, with the Kickstarter page going live at 7 a.m. ET (1100 GMT) today.

While the rocket has yet to be built, and the launch site and date determined, the design is as flexible as possible for different latitudes of launch site, Larmour said. It calls for a 22-ton, two-stage, liquid-fueled launch vehicle that can get a spacecraft (a third stage) of about 331 lbs. (150 kilograms) to Earth orbit to send to the moon, Larmour said. Most of the work will be done in-house by a small team to contain costs, he added.

However, the campaign ended Nov. 1 with less than 79,000 pounds ($122,000) raised. Kickstarter uses an “all-or-nothing” fundraising model, where projects receive money pledged only if the total value of the pledges meets or exceeds the project’s goal. Since Moonspike fell short of its goal, it receives no funding.