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Posted by: Papaduke - Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:19 pm
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Post Mars Colonization   Posted on: Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:19 pm
I need info for a future apocalyptic story. How stable would communications between NASA, or some such administration, and a Mars colony be in case of a global power failure? For example, the year is 2035, if there was power only in northwest USA, would we have the means to communicate? Do we already have such communications? If not, let your imagination soar. Envision new technological advances. Would it be feasible to assume all communications would be lost?


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Post Re: Mars Colonization   Posted on: Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:51 pm
Papaduke wrote:
I need info for a future apocalyptic story. How stable would communications between NASA, or some such administration, and a Mars colony be in case of a global power failure? For example, the year is 2035, if there was power only in northwest USA, would we have the means to communicate? Do we already have such communications? If not, let your imagination soar. Envision new technological advances. Would it be feasible to assume all communications would be lost?


Are you referring to an ElectroMagnetic Pulse type of power failure, where things are burned out, or a failure of transmission equipment? Either type would be repairable to some degree, and maintaining communication with an off-planet colony would be important. At the outside, I would say a six-month delay in two-way communications.

New Horizons just passed the orbit of Pluto, and we are communicating with it. So the technology exists already. What does not exist is the technology to start a colony on Mars, or any other body except the Moon. The energy costs of sending any significant amount of mass to Mars are just too large. Give it another 50 years, and we will have the means to put a few hundred tons on the surface of Mars, with a soft landing.

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