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The first GAPS-LDS Drone will be deployed from the tether to the moon surface and will travel 500 meters from the tether landing site and then provide a markers every 50 meters to provide the first steps for visual mapping and power grid formation.
Drone I will be powered via two microwave recievers, located one overhead on the LDS and one at the base station. At any time the Drone can return to the base station and do a manual power recharge.
High Definition Mooncast
MOONCAST: The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:
* High resolution 360s taken on the surface of the Moon;
* Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;
* Near-real time videos showing the craft’s journey along the lunar surface;
* High Definition (HD) video;
* Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).
Teams will be required to send a Mooncast detailing their arrival on the lunar surface, and a second Mooncast that provides imagery and video of their journey roaming the lunar surface. All told, the Mooncasts will represent approximately a Gigabyte of stunning content returned to the Earth.
Utilizing a standard 12 megapixal high resolution digital video camera and a 12 megapixal camera with a fisheye lens packaged on a balanced panoramic rotator, we will be able to produce stunning high resolution 360º panoramic photographs and videos. These can then be converted in to a Plain Text VRML File (.wrl) for fantastic virtual views of the lunar landscape.
The Lunar Drones' Visual Damage System which allows for viewing possible damaged surfaces of the drone itself, can be used to provide self-portraits of the drone on the lunar surface.
Using a system similiar to the "Lunar Astronaut Spatial Orientation and Information System (LASOIS)" which is dubbed Lunar GPS, we will pinpoint Lunar drones and mesh video feeds provided by them to provide maps to our viewing audience.
Data will be streamed directly via laser to either the overhead LDS or to the base station. Once processed, it will be sent via microwave back to earth.
Connect with the Future
In order to ensure the video production meets the need of the future, a special digital camera will meet the Ultra High Definition Video - a specification which is currently in development. With video resolution of 7,680 x 4,420 pixel (16:9, 33megapixels) and bit depth of 10bit per chanel, image quality will be unmatched. The camera itself will utilize 4 64mm (2.5inch) CMOS chips, each with a resolution of 3840 x 2048. Two of the chips will be for green, while red and blue will have their own respective chip. With spatial pixel offest, it will bring the total resolution to 7680 x4320 - super clear, super detailed Lunar Imagery.Built on its own platform, the unit will be remotely operated via individuals on earth - this can be guided by our own team, or by individuals in the public.
Connect with the past
In order to have a connection with our lunar past, the GAPS LDS will utilize a Hasselblad 500EL Data Camera with a Biogon f-5.6/60 mm Zeisslens, the same camera used on the Apollo 11 Moon mission. This unit will be on a special platform which is purpose built, and allow for individuals on earth to romotely control the camera and take images - once the 70mm film magazines are used up, the camera and film will be deployed back to earth. The taken images will then be provided to the individuals for keepsake images and/or distributed to the general population.
The second drone deployed will be the long distance mapping and topographical data collection drone. It will map the terrian upto 25km from the base, so that a clear understanding of the working terrian is known. This will also assist with planning the deployment of human-based structures.
Larger Footprint In order to increase the range of the footprint, ground level tracks will be installed onto the lunar surface in 4 main directions, and every 1000 meters have their own internal circluar track. This will help move cargo packages down from the tether point and install research and development packages at key locations.
Depending on the actual landing site, tracking down man-made artifacts may take some time. It is the desire of this project to visually map every part of the lunar surface, so it is likely we will discover reminance of past lunar missions.
Discovering and making use of water and other natural resources is an important aspect of the Lunar mission. With the discovery of usable materials, we can reduce the cost of transporting goods and begin processing our own materials, which may provide for unique qualities unfound on earth.
A lunar base will allow the Global Asteroid Protection Society to expand its capability of defense from asteroids.
Being able to survive the lunar night is very important to the success of this mission and so the LDS system has been designed with this attribute in mind.