It’s 43 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Now a group of volunteer hackers and engineers are about to send a privately-built amateur radio rover to the Moon.
Simon says the Part-Time Scientists are putting together a cloud-linked global communications network [COMRAY] to handle radio links to their lander and rover (using amateur radio bands), there’s still too much lag in the system to deliver a hands-on driving experience. The rover needs to have some smarts in order to process information about its environment, while still handling input from a driver on Earth.
Read Simon Bisson’s article Home-brew hackers cook up Europe’s return to the Moon
Watch Part-Time Scientists testing their Lunar Rover
Part-Time Scientists http://www.ptscientists.com/
Google Lunar X-Prize http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/