August 22, 2012
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04:04, 4616599 whispers: Goodbye, Titan 2023. And we're not going to have LOS from Titan to Earth until 2035... :| http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_Mare_Explorer
06:41, Albeyamakiir> Why do we need line of sight? Just create satellites that orbit the sun in our lag-range points or something.
06:41, Albeyamakiir may or may not have any idea of what he's talking about.
07:42, Cryoburner> TITAN GOT PWNED!
07:45, Cryoburner whispers: Actually, I believe its just that lake that won't have direct line of sight with Earth for those years.
07:47, Cryoburner whispers: They could still do a similar mission on some other hydrocarbon lake within view, or perhaps use a relay satellite orbiting Titan to maintain contact.
08:29, 4616599 whispers: Ooh, that 'just that lake' bit sounds goood.
08:30, 4616599> Would a relay satellite double the cost? I don't really know what I'm talking about either...
08:38, 4616599 whispers: One idea that was floating around my head earlier (pun intended) was sending a very low cost relay probe, with no instruments save for some massive solar panels and an antenna and maybe a simple science package, that would flyby, drop TiME, and keep going, relaying its signal for a few months, maybe. (it's bound to have plenty of crappy drawbacks, though)
08:40, Cryoburner whispers: I suspect a satellite relay would definitely increase the cost by a fair amount.
22:13, Barebones whispers: Only if it turns out that the lake has no fish.
22:27, Albeyamakiir> Woah, nonst0p doesn't even work in chat!
22:28, Albeyamakiir> That'll teach Kristos to write properly. :P
22:28, Yayo whispers: :P
22:30, Kristos> haha