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The program’s primary objective will be…
To provide a series of public participation and scientific missions, over a multi-year period, culminating in a final Mission to the Moon.
This mission will transmit data from the surface of the moon to micro satellites in orbit around the moon, which can then be relayed back to Earth and distributed into the classrooms across Africa. Inspiring our youth to believe the sky is not the limit.
Participation in Science, technology, engineering and innovation is often viewed as the best approach to growth within developing societies, and changing the socio-economic trajectory of the African continent as a whole, within the globalised world.
The Africa2Moon project
was conceived as a beacon project to highlight the potential and ability of developing nations…
in particular the African community, and to inspire Africa to “Reach for the Moon” by reaching for the moon! The project is a voluntary participation project that aims to place 3 micro satellites into lunar orbit, as well as to place a low frequency radio telescope array on the far side of the moon.
The satellite constellation will beam the radio astronomy data to Earth, where it will provide scientific insight into the potential of low frequency radio astronomy. Data sets are also intended to be relayed to classrooms across developing countries.
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As a continent, Africa is yet to work on an inclusive, multi-national space program that enables Africa to inspire and highlight Africa’s potential and ability in Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation industries.
Africa’s Radio Astronomy Dark Side (RADS) Programme.
54 self-inflating ball shaped receivers that will be delivered to the Lunar surface. Each RADS ball will represent an African nation
Together they will act as a radio telescope
They will perform science in the 1 MHz to 5 MHz range, ‘first time’ achieved science as on Earth the ionosphere prevents detection of these frequencies
A further science case will then be to conduct first time imaging of the Sun in this area of the spectrum
The concept of receiver balls is based on simplicity and their need to be dispersed over a large area in a random pattern (minimum baseline 150 m)
The balls are currently in design to be self inflating, self contained, low frequency passive receivers, solar powered with high frequency active transmitters
Collaborative Consortium Model
The Africa2Moon project addresses this by being collaboratively in-kind funded, by encouraging international, multi-disciplinary contribution and inclusion.
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