Most of us do not have any real chance of going into space. But what about getting your name imprinted on the surface of moon, like forever. Lets check that out.
With the recent movie releases like The Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian, people have started developing more interest in Space technology. Also some astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson are often treated like rockstars. So space technology is in, once again.
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But statistically most of us do not have any realistic chance of going into space. But we might be able to get our name imprinted on the surface of moon very soon. Something like Neil Armstrong’s first footprint on the moon.
This week LIFT-OFF TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION was granted a patent that makes it possible to create designs on the surface of an extraterrestrial body like moon or even mars.
A rocket is first used to send a rover from the Earth. A lunar module, separated from the rocket and lands on the moon.
Then the rover comes out of the module onto the moon surface. The rover includes a scraper attached at the back, which helps the rover make marks on the moon’s surface as it moves around. The ground station on earth transmits a design pattern to the rover. The design pattern may be ordered by a customer. The robot then systematically moves around the surface, scrapping the soil along the path, thereby creating the design pattern on the moon surface. A design, once made on the lunar surface, has a very low probability of being altered by natural or human activity. So this is sort of, written in stone.
Also, the robot can make the design large enough so that it is visible using telescopes from earth. The robot then clicks a photo of the imprint on the surface and sends back to the ground station on earth.
I definitely want to imprint PatentYogi on the surface of the moon. How many of you will be interested in using this service if and when it is available.
Patent Number: US9, 156, 309
Patent Title: System and method for producing made-to-order designs on the surface of an extraterrestrial body
Inventors: Fisher; Gary (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Assignee: LIFT-OFF TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Family ID: 45818474
Appl. No.: 14/461, 569
Filed: August 18, 2014
Abstract: A method for producing designs involves receiving a request to create a design on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, transmitting a control signal to a device on a vehicle on the extraterrestrial body, the control signal causing the device to create the design, and receiving an image signal providing an image of the design created on the surface. A device for producing the designs includes a surface altering tool configured to rearrange material on the surface.
The tool may be provided as a configurable-tread rover wheel that includes a wheel hub having radially-extending channels, and tread elements supported in the channels that are selectively articulable under the control of a control module to form a tread pattern corresponding to a design intended to be produced. The tread elements may be selectively extended or retracted by operation of an array of solenoids controlled by the control module.