Credit: Joseph Lazio, JPL

Credit:
Joseph Lazio, JPL

 

Robotic operations on the Moon are being investigated by university researchers – opening the door to laying out a radio telescope array on the lunar far side.

The rover would be commanded by astronauts in NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which would be hovering in a halo point near the lunar far side called Earth-moon Lagrange Point 2 (L2).

The university team is working hard to create software and hardware that mimics rover control to recognize potential problems with human-telerobotic operations, such as time lags and communication quality.

“Arms” of Kapton material spread out on the lunar surface could serve as a robust, lightweight backbone for an array of low-frequency antennas that could be deployed by a modest rover.  Courtesy: Jack Burns/University of Colorado, Boulder

“Arms” of Kapton material spread out on the lunar surface could serve as a robust, lightweight backbone for an array of low-frequency antennas that could be deployed by a modest rover.
Courtesy: Jack Burns/University of Colorado, Boulder

 

 

 

 

Take a look at my new Space.com story on this promising research at:

How Robots Could Build a Radio Telescope on Far Side of the Moon

July 29, 2015 07:00am ET

http://www.space.com/30084-moon-far-side-rovers-radio-telescope.html

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