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Re: Electronic components might survive lunar temperatures



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On Jul 30 2003 21:56 +0200, William Leijenaar wrote:

> Some time ago there was the big discussion about a moon station. Many
> believe it is expensive or technical impossible.
> /snip/
> Somehow there will be a way to overcome all problems, and we will finally
> have our lunar-sat :-)

Well, NASA managed during the Apollo program, right? The space shuttle and to
a lesser extent ordinary satellites also see temperature extremes, where the
difference can be on the order of several hundred degrees Centigrade or even
more (it gets pretty hot during reentry into the earth's atmosphere). So
obviously, it can be done. The question is at what price, and are we willing
to pay that price for relatively insignificant systems like amateur radio
transponders? Assuming normal high-grade components (-40°C to +80°C) such a
scheme wouldn't leave us with much operating time.


Michael Kjörling

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