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As a data point (but as yet, not a complete answer in itself) I came across this paper whilst reading up on satellite antennae for another question: Lunar Far Side Communication Satellites, dated June 1968. It is a NASA technical report, for whatever that's worth. It considered several tasks: relaying signals from a lunar module landed on the far side of ...


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The same ideas (and in some cases the same text) get repeated in a bunch of places (occasionally without modification) and without source which was not a compelling start. There were no references to actual arms, small or otherwise, in the readily available Volume I and II of the Project Horizon report. One commercial bookseller publishing a collection of ...


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Filo has covered operating systems, so I won't repeat that here (except to reference this answer about New Horizons' OS, which is Nucleus RTOS rather than VxWorks, by way of a change). As for programming languages, there's inevitably a lot of C and C++, though there's a chance that a somewhat restricted subset of the languages is used to improve safety, ...


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Yes indeed, SpaceX has announced publicly about uncrewed landings on the Moon before 2022 ! From the article Spacex wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing: "Aspirationally, we want to get Starship to orbit within a year", Shotwell said. "We definitely want to land it on the Moon before 2022. We want ...


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A weaker material means a larger taper ratio which means a more massive elevator. So if you can afford to haul a huge tether mass to space you can use weaker materials. Another factor is how far towards earth will the tether extend? The closer to earth the greater length and stress so that jacks up elevator mass. What I like to look at is ratio of tether ...


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Example 1 : RTEMS, source https://devel.rtems.org/wiki/TBR/Website/Wheres_RTEMS Example 2: VxWorks, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VxWorks#Aerospace_and_defense


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