posted on Oct, 20 2012 @ 01:26 AM
Thanks for all the feedback, it feels great to know that there are still people out there that are interested in such a project. A lot of people asked
about some more details concerning the investment and technical characteristics:
I have a more or less realistic figure about the investment. The MV (moon vehicle) has a $130k price tag so far. If I choose different suppliers I can
get it done in under $60k, yet it would not guarantee a successful mission. The conditions on the moon are very "tricky" for any kind of
electronics. Someone asked about the cameras/lenses - I am currently using a model made by a Japanese company, that specializes in military and
aviation equipment. The lenses used allow me focal length's as low as f/1.2 @ 24mm. Each of the 8 cameras is being able to be accessed
independently, using (for example) 4 cameras for a video feed and the other 4 for still imagery under extreme low light conditions. Some of you who
are photographers know the "BULB" mode on their cameras - the technique is similar. Each of the lenses allows me a 10/fold digital zoom, without
compromising the image quality.
No, the live feed will be available top the public for free, after a two-week time _ We choose not to do a big live event, since that
could compromise the mission (government's jamming the signal). Just a handfull of people will know when the project goes into space, from where, how
etc. Two weeks will be enough to get priority data, such as the atmosphere, ground conditions, places of interest on the moon. After official stories
are confirmed or debunked the project goes live, for free.
Depending on what kind of transmission we are using there will be a delay of 2,7 - 5,9 seconds.
A multi-step approach would raise the price tag enormously. In terms of cost, if you get into moon's orbit it's just a small fraction of the
investment in order to land there, rather than providing images from moon's orbit.
Thank you for your words, I really appreciate it. People like you who share the same dream like me are my core motivation do engage in a project like
Depending on the transportation the minimum figure I am aware of is between $2 and $4 million. If we include advanced orbital testing, or creating a
backup system in earth's orbit and moon's orbit for the up/downlink the amount could raise to over $20 million. As for now our budget covers the
As for counter interference: This is one of the hardest tasks in terms of planning - because you can rely only on official data. But if this official
data is not true, it will compromise the whole mission. The thing that most concerns me is signal jamming by either governmental entities or (if all
the moon theories are true) entities on the moon itself.
As for "natural" interference we will rely completely on official scientific data available at this moment.
As for NASA: It's not a question "if they let me do it", the question is if they will try to compromise it. A possible jamming attempt is already
been taken into consideration, and we are trying to make the up/downlink as secure as possible, including several secondary options for transmission
and control of the MV.
In terms of buying materials, yes. In terms of involvement and mission planning - no.
I am aware of those numbers. The biggest problem we are facing is the 82kg payload, which is over twice as heavier than the pioneer.
During lunar night cycles the MV will be 95% in hibernation mode, e.g. switched off. One of the hardest tasks to accomplish is to secure operation
once the lunar night is over. That drastic change in temperature is a big risk for the electronics in the MV. A lot of testing on earth before the
launch are the only way to find a good solution and then choose what to do during those periods.