I just about have the skills to do it now, if not the funding. If money is the only thing holding me back I consider that a minor point...
The Mars rovers were only designed to work for 60 days - that's how harsh the environment is. Thanks though too a really robust set of Built In Tests, and some excellent design descisions and operations procedures, they are still going (albeit on reduced functionality).
Well, post up your details on how you are going to impliment your project (no funding required). Should be interesting.
My dinky little webcam that I got for $12 has far better picture quality than the expensive cameras they brought with them during Apollo
Yup, good idea, I should just give up without even attempting to identify all the problems.I'm amazed at how, even in a forum based on exploration such as this one people still have this much negative reaction.Now I want to do it even more just to prove you wrong.
You're free to try of course, but you won't succeed anymore than someone saying they want to build a 10TeV particle accelerator out of bicycle clips. Just saying you want to try something outlandish shouldn't be considered a great attitude, it's simply a waste of your efforts (but I guess they are yours to waste) . For projects that perhaps 'push the boundaries' a little this attitude is laudable, like making the arduino output PAL or NTSC, stretching it a little, or rewriting all the libraries so you can overclock the chip with a different crystal.But should any of us reply with positive comments when someone says 'I want to move the Earth to a different orbit using an arduino and 4 AA batteries!'? Some things are just not possible, no matter how good your motivation or intentions are. This shouldn't be seen as a negative reaction, merely a realistic one.I'd like to build a camera to take pictures of our galaxy from the outside, but this isn't going to happen. There are very basic laws of physics preventing it. In a similar way, you're not going to build a multi-stage rocket of Saturn V type propertions out of coke cans. Yes, the limitations are mainly technical and financial but they are limits you cant avoid. You seem blinded by it so much that perhaps I was too forceful in pointing these things out but you seem determined to try it, so try it. You'll unfortunately waste your time and fail at getting a lander anywhere near orbit let alone the moon. Isn't this obvious?On the positive side, you'll learn a hell of a lot about electronics, rocketry and physics while you're at it, and a few years from now you might come up with a realistic project (and realise how daft this one was).
Well there is a simple test that you can perform on yourself - you can send Arduino (say anything that can do the job) to a neighboring country and make it send pictures back to you and do it for some time. Then multiply the time needed for this by some constant, and the cost incurred by some other constant, and you'll get some very rough estimate. The skills you build, the tools and knowledge you acquire, are not lost. And you won't have the problems with overheating because of lack of convection.
I watched the Top Gear team's fantastic failure of trying to put a reliant robin into space. I knew that was rather far fetched, but had the release mechanisms worked it might have actually made it.
This is a cool subject and I'm sick of the negative responses
StarkRG - what age bracket would you put yourself in? I only ask as I think it would perhaps put your comments into context.