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Ouliang Chang floated his lunar supercomputer idea a few weeks ago at a space conference in Pasadena, California. The plan is to bury a massive machine in a deep dark crater, on the side of the moon that’s facing away from Earth and all of its electromagnetic chatter. Nuclear-powered, it would process data for space missions and slingshot Earth’s Deep Space Network into a brand new moon-centric era.

Cool beans, let's hope it becomes a reality some day in the near future when I'm still alive! (I hope this is no repost)
    
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Now Sir, that's a good idea.

It should lower the cost of the equipment we send there, since they will just send data to the Moon, the datacenters there will process it, and send it to us smile.gif
   
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Awesome!

I'd rep you, but you know that's against the ToS as all you did was post a news story.

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Now I wonder though, how easy would this be to lose control of, would this be a multi-national thing with competing interests.

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Hmm, I wonder about cooling that thing. Space may be cold, but it is also a vacuum which is very good at insulating things. As there is no covection and probably only minimal conduction into the Moon's surface you are left with radiation - a huge surface area would be needed.

Then there is the weight of the thing, and sheilding, and either manning a base up there or having a bunch of remote control robots to fix things... An epic undertaking. Too bad it will never get the funding.


Off topic, but from the home page I only read the "Why we need a supercomputer on..." and mentaly filled in, in Jermey Clarkson voice, "the moon". I was quite shocked to see I got it right.
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Not in it for rep. But thanks none the less. smile.gif

I would think this would have to be a multi-national endeavor. It would be a small group though as not all countries have much in the way of space technology.

There are a lot of things to consider though and it would be very risky, if not downright scary. Critically cold temperatures to operate in, you would need men to do the job, not just relying on robots, the travel distance, time, loading/docking/configuring the materials... etc etc.

I mean no small feat for sure (obviously). I think its much more feasible than an inter-stellar space ship though, at least for now. thinking.gif
    
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Yea, I would imagine that this would be the start to manned travel, more-so acting as a base station than anything else.

The nuclear reactor would be able to provide heat, although not much would be needed as new tech would be developed and tested for 10+ years before it was dedicated to such a barren environment.
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How's that for solar power?
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I think the first step would be to develop a space elevator. That way we could get things into space at a fraction of the cost.
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they got even better they got a saltelite around mars that do the same.
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Soooooo how do I become space IT worker????? biggrin.gif
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