Moon’s South Pole Found Ideal for Solar Power

January, 6, 2004 [] A study conducted by Poway, California-based SpaceDev, a marketer of space products and solutions to government and commercial enterprises, has found that the south pole of the Moon is an ideal location for a variety of activities including a dish-type observatory, because certain areas near the pole experience extended periods of sunlight for solar photovoltaic (PV) power and warmth, in addition to being in direct line of sight to communicate with the Earth. The SpaceDev study is the first phase of a privately funded study to design a low cost robotic return to the Moon. The study was performed for Lunar Enterprise of California (LEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Space Age Publishing Company, and follows an earlier SpaceDev Lunar orbiter mission and spacecraft design project funded by Boeing.
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