The old chums would have titled this paper: “Let’s Put a Dinkum Thinkum on Luna.”
Earth’s Deep Space Network of giant antennas used to gather data and talk to spacecraft is already overloaded, and the demand for bandwidth will only go up. Ouliang Chang, a grad student from my alma mater, USC, recently presented his solution at a space conference (Wired.com, “Why We Need a Supercomputer on the Moon.”) —
The plan is to bury a massive machine in a deep dark crater, on the side of the moon that’s facing away from Earth and all of its electromagnetic chatter. Nuclear-powered, it would process data for space missions and slingshot Earth’s Deep Space Network into a brand new moon-centric era.
Factoring in the cost of launching components into space, he estimates the project would cost between $10-$20 billion.
That’s before we start hiring the specialists. Keep an eye open for this classified ad:
Wanted: one-armed computer tech to spend his time explaining which jokes are funny…
[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]