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[DPRG] Robots on the Moon

Subject: [DPRG] Robots on the Moon
From: Kipton Moravec kip at kdream.com
Date: Sun Feb 24 08:23:39 CST 2008

I am guessing they will have geosynchronous satellites around the moon
to relay the results to where they can be picked up by earth. The other
option is a single non-geosynchronous satellite that uploads the data
when it is on the back side, and downloads it to earth when it is on the
earth side.  Since there is no atmosphere, or other transmitters,
existing technology like 2.4 GHz radios can reach the satellite with
very wide bandwidth.  


On Sat, 2008-02-23 at 13:33 -0600, Randy M. Dumse wrote:
> Dpa said: Thursday, February 21, 2008 6:24 PM
> > "The array will cover an area of up to two square kilometers; 
> > the modules would be moved into place on the lunar surface by 
> > automated vehicles."
> Let me guess. Will these be autonomous? Or teleremotely
> operated, on the dark side of the moon. Where no radio signals
> can go.
> Then my next question. What good is a radio receiver on the dark
> side of the moon? It sits over there and discovers the secrets
> of the universe,,, then what? how will we ever learn the
> results? Will the robots send us a telegram via special robotic
> space currier? 
> While a little tongue in check, here, you have to wonder about
> these articles that leave out important details like; How do you
> communicate with a place that's attractive exactly because it's
> where you can't communicate? It's sort of like having an IR
> remote in the bedroom to change the TV/Radio in the living room.
> A big piece of the idea is missing. And then once we solve that
> problem with a cross lunar radio repeater, or moon satelites
> communications bounces, doesn't that sort of defeat the utility
> of the place that was once shielded from such influence?
> Is Homer Simpson on this design team?
> Randy
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