Let's face it: We had the technology do do a live video stream from the moon 40 years ago, using a simple VHF transmitter powered by first generation
solar panels. I am sure there are a lot of reasons, the US government didn't do this, yet I can't get this idea out of my head, because it is
We see stories from kids launching rockets into space, making photos of he earths orbit, even "pet funerals" in outer space - yet no one has ever
launched a project to simply place a cam on the moon?
My work involves R&D and programming as well as traditional design, yet I am a total nut when it comes to physics. I have plenty of free time and over
the past two years, me and two friends developed plans for a unit that could do the job - for now on paper.
Let's assume we created a minimalistic robotic machine, 8 cameras supporting 360 degree view angles, an independent moving/rotating mechanism, any
kind of main + secondary transmitter, motion detectors and 4 infrared units among other things. Let's also assume that we figured out how to supply
that whole thing with enough energy. Weight: 82kg. Dimensions: 64cm x 64cm x 64cm.
My two major problems are uplink/downlink (e.g. communications - transmitter/receiver) and transportation. Secondary problems would be frequency
jamming, radiation, technical failures, collision, misplacement.
Before saying that I am crazy and that it can't be done, let's just explore possibilities, step by step. I remember years ago, ATS was a place where
projects (well, not of this scale) became reality, even headlines.
Let's do a "How to send a 80kg package to the moon and land it safely for Dummies"
edit on 19/10/12 by absente because: headline