[amsat-bb] 100 Year Star Ship Symposium

Joe Leikhim rhyolite at nettally.com
Sat Oct 1 18:11:22 PDT 2011

I have attended the 100 year SSS the past two days. The real eye opener 
was a presentation by Claudio Maccone about using the Sun's 
gravitational field as a lens for optical and RF path enhancement. The 
effect works with any orbital mass (moon perhaps?), but the proposal was 
to establish fixed interstellar comm links with little path loss.

I present this here because it might be food for discussion about 
placement of relay satellites in orbits around masses other than Earth, 
may have an apparent and usable gain.

There are a bunch of links, you can start here. Perhaps some might want 
to take the math and work out how we could use our sun or moon for a 
gain lens for the next OSCAR, and perhaps with a wideband RX experiment.

Secondly, I think SETI can benefit! The topic of "ET" knowing this trick 
was suggested.


Joe Leikhim

Leikhim and Associates
Communications Consultants
Oviedo, Florida


JLeikhim at Leikhim.com


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