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Old 05-12-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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Mobiles on the moon? NASA, Brits dial up a plan
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After conquering the farthest corners of the globe, mobile phones are now destined for the final frontier--space.
Even in the cosmos there will be no escaping the ringtone as NASA and the British National Space Centre prepare to trial a mobile phone network for the moon.
Astronauts and robots exploring the moon's surface will only be a text message away after the system goes live later this century.
The satellite system should ensure a full four-bar signal for lunar colonists living in the base NASA wants to build at the south pole of the moon after 2020.
The stellar vision of the mobile's future even tops the effort that managed to get a text message to the top of Mount Everest.
Phone calls and other information would be bounced off satellites orbiting the moon for communication between colonists, the moon base, and the Earth.
The joint NASA/BNSC MoonLite mission, due to be launched after 2012, will test a prototype version of the satellite phone network, similar to the Inmarsat network on Earth.
During the MoonLite mission a lunar astronaut would use the technology to transmit information about the structure of the moon back to Earth from scientific instruments buried in the lunar soil.
The early lunar system will be comparable to the "satellite phone network of the 1980s and 1990s on Earth," said David Parker, director of space science at the BNSC. "The robots and astronauts would be spread out from the base to do exploration and some sorts of comms infrastructure would be needed. MoonLite is taking the first step towards that network."
The explorer will rely on the expertise of BNSC satellite specialists from Guildford, who have built 27 satellites to date, with NASA making the communications module.
The final system would initially be served by one or two satellites providing coverage of the south pole, with scope for more satellites to be added as a greater range is required.
Data throughput in the MoonLite system would range from up to 3Kbps for the downlink and up to 2Kbps for the uplink.
The MoonLite mission proposal is undergoing a review of its science goals and costs before it is approved.
The U.K. recently published its Civil Space Strategy: 2008-2012 and beyond and set out a vision including: establishing an international space facility at Harwell, Oxfordshire--focusing on climate change, robotic space exploration and applications, closer involvement with international initiatives in space exploration to places such as the moon and Mars, and setting up a National Space Technology Program.
Nick Heath of Silicon.com reported from London.
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Someone give this man his news thingy
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lmao hey what can i say i like to report the news
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report it one thread please,
i know lots of people said its stupid , but its more stupid posting a new thread every time
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i combined articles that were similar
but im going to leave it as is
new thread for different subjects
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esa definitely needs his own sticky thread. These news articles he posts are very interesting, but as many as he posts per day, it makes the social lounge seem a little more cluttered.

All I can say is: Keep up the good work, esa. These threads give me something interesting to read, and also make me wonder about the way things are gonna be in the future.
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hey im just trying to keep computerforums interesting and alive
ill make my own sticky thread
or how about my own news section!!!!
NEWS BY ESA193
make it so only i can post articles
(people can p/m me any awesome articles they find)
and ill post it with a thank you to them
then it would be mad organized and kool =P
then people comment on articles
like you see my solid state drive and cpu articles mad cool stuff
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yeah whats wrong with posting interesting threads?
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nothing wrong with its , just cluttering , i think a NEWS BY ESA193 would be awesome
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mobiles on the moon...... yet i still cant get a signal round my mums......
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