[amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future

Gary "Joe" Mayfield gary_mayfield at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 3 20:20:06 PDT 2009

The thermal cycling would make a gas "Bag" antenna interesting as the gas
expands and contracts with temperature changes.

I like Bob's idea of an array of collinears lying on the moon's surface,
since "ground" on the moon must be quite deep due to the lack of moisture.  

This makes 2 meters very attractive as a down-link.  We could take advantage
of the reduced path loss and higher efficiencies in the circuits that 2
meters (or ten meters) has to offer.

I suspect it would be possible to build such antenna that uses a "wound up"
spring to unwind the antennas for deployment, like a reverse tape measure
that uncoils instead of coils up.

Joe kk0sd
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future

On Thu, 2009-07-02 at 18:21 -0500, Gregg Wonderly wrote:
> It seems to me that the correct choice is the highest frequency we can get
> board for at least 24dB at the longest length of antenna that we would be 
> allowed to send up.

Lunar gravity is weaker and there is no wind.  So, a collapsible antenna
that wouldn't last five minutes in typical Earth weather will be a lot
more usable on the Moon.

Maybe something like a telescopic boom with a gas canister or pyro
charge to pop the sections out?


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