/ Race to the Moon...Can we enter a team?
All we have to do is get a robot to the moon and move it 500 meters. Surely there are enough among us to pull this off and gain some kudos for the site and climbers as a whole, especially if we beat some sciency dudes?
And even if we don't hit the moon, we can get boobie prizes of $1,000,000 (£0.6m)
One of my son's stories details a small bear who went to the moon in a cardboard box to eat sandwiches with an owl whilst his mother was running his bath. As you said - it can't be that hard!
all you need is a stronger quad?
The Moon ....at Stoney Middleton?...doesn't sound too hard!...count me in!!
Us lot, work together and get a robot on the moon? We couldnt even agree on whether Grass is green :-)
Lets get a Sav on the rock first, and Take it From there ;-)
I'm afraid using hot air for lift will only get us so far.
Actually Lemming, with your Freemason contacts, and puppy the dog being in the Climbers club, we should have enough illuminati influence to get some of that Alien Space technology away From our Lizard overlords at area 51, and win us that phat cash ;-)
Isn't this what China have just done and shouldn't they get the prize? or did they fail to get the 500m travelled before they broke down?
We could ask him from advice; he tends to be on a different planet ;-p
But once we're there we could use it as propellant. :D
I'll do the matching oak panelling for the inside of the rocket and control room. Can also bring cheese and jam sandwiches.
Big levers, Bakelite busbar switches and tesla coils.
What, on the same bread? thats a crazy idea if ever i heard one.
What are you contributing to this?
I've already looked into this, almost got my model rocket out and everything, but the entry deadline was in 2010!
I think it'd be awesome if some punter just went ahead and done it on a shoestring budget though :)
I have airfix paint somewhere and a craft knife.
Crikey...imagine the threads !!!
Moon Conditions Stardate 2015 : There is some solid vapour ice on the dark side of the crater walls. Walk-ins will be walk-downs.
Generally 'thin' conditions necessitates routes need to be completed within 14 days.
Earth-light will help early starts.
Re-tracing steps is quite easy on non-popular routes.
Sharp tools may not be advantageous and necessitate evacuation.
Clanking hexes are no longer irritating.
Local gravity suggests Earth grade minus 5. (HVS becomes Diff)
Boulder problems start at about 12 metres in height.
No wildlife restrictions ( possibly!?)
Question for some of you proper sciency chaps, what would be needed and or required to get anything to land/crash on the moon?
A s**tload of energy for starters.
Someone or a team who knew a lot about:
Biblical amounts of red-tape
Financing a money pit
Balloons/High altitude aircraft
Temperature/Radiation/Vibration hardened electronics
Celestial/Inertial navigation techniques
Witchcraft, magic and getting really lucky
Oh, well Looking at your List, ill have my amateur radio foundation Licence in a couple of weeks.
I would Like to Apply for UKC moon robot Lander Project radio communications post :-)
I've got some left over New Year fireworks and a box of out of date flares I can add to the cause. Also some experience of financing a money pit having tried getting a 13year old Transit through an MOT last winter.
All the robot needs to do is move 500m and send video back. So the key to the challenge will be to have a really small and light robot. Maybe something like a model car or a ball that spins and bounces and with no attempt to engineer it to function on the moon more than an hour or so.
Maybe it can be got most of the way out of the earths atmosphere on a balloon rather than with an expensive rocket. Or it could be the first customer for the Technology Strategy Board's space catapult.
Assuming you're serious pretty much anything off the shelf will either melt or freeze. The electronics likely won't work either so you'd have no way of proving anything even arrived.
You still need to accelerate the payload and engine to over 5000m/s. That's the payload, engine and most of its acceleration fuel load and its deceleration fuel load then decelerate it and most of its deceleration fuel load back to 0m/s upon arrival. The payload and structure are only ever a tiny fraction of the total launch mass. High altitude release would help but not much.
But im still good to do the radio coms, right?
Starts at the playing fields (mid may) along the footpath to the moon, then goes up the hill past the mast and down the dale back to the field, does have a team prize and tea and cakes some years all for around £3.00.
On a summers evening must be better than some dusty piece of rock
phew, thats alright then.
we'll run on the 2m waveLength, uplink at 145.200Mhz, Step up to 145.800Mhz downlink. Packet data on 145.825Mhz.
I will need a high up base station where i wont get walked all over by stronger signals.
A film studio. Worked in 1969 - just need to get the shadows and the flag rippling right.
Not totally serious. I mostly wanted to make a joke about the UK government calling their space centre the 'Space Catapult'.
Anyway: pretty obviously a real toy car won't work but I think the idea will be to make something with COTS components, simple and light and minimally functional that survives just long enough to move 500m and transmit a burst of video. As soon as you try and harden it to survive longer or do more it will get heavy and you'll never get it done for the $1M reward for having a go. A bit like the Cubesat idea only much less robust.
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