Artist’s representation of a robot placing an antenna on the lunar surface. (Credit: Lunar Resources)
Lunar Resources, Inc., from Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado at Boulder launch new research effort to lay groundwork for one-of-a-kind project lunar radio astronomy observatory—A network of hundreds of miles of antennas built on the other side of the moon using materials collected from the lunar surface itself.
NASA recently gave the team a $ 125,000 grant to complete a nine-month study on the project, called the Lunar Farside Radio Observatory, or FarView. Funding is part of phase I 2021 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). The program is very competitive with less than 5% of the proposals selected for a prize.
The NIAC program selects new concepts to transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs – such as radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts – while engaging American innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey. Jack Burns, professor in the departments of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Physics at CU Boulder, developed the concept for the unprecedented…
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