Deep Space Network Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Why are you offering the deep space communications to the public?
- A: For a number of reasons, one is because we have the equipment, and the know how so we can, and also because we thought it would be an interesting public service that is not currently available.
- Q: What do you mean by Deep Space?
- A: We send the communication into a place where there are no known satellites, into open deep space.
- Q: How much data can you transmit?
- A: We are currently not accepting data streams for transmission as we may not be able to monitor what is being sent. We may offer this service in the future.
- Q: What format can I send my message in?
- A: Photos must be provided as JPEG images. Video may be provided in either NTSC or PAL format on VHS, Mini-DV, DVD or as an MPEG1 file. Messages may not contain profanity or materials that some may consider offensive or lewd. Sender must have rights to all materials to be transmitted. Proof of ownership for copyrighted materials such as music or pictures is required. Materials provided will not be returned.
- Q: What type of confirmation will I get?
- A: Well the ultimate confirmation might be a message back from deep space, but we provide a certificate guaranteeing your message was sent, with time, date, and coordinates the message was sent from. If a client is interested we may make your message available for downloading off our website, so terrestrial bound life forms can view them.
- Q: What equipment are you using?
- A: State of the art satellite broadcasting equipment with redundant high-powered klystron amplifiers connected by a traveling wave-guide to a five-meter parabolic dish antenna.
- Q: How long have you been doing this?
- A: For commercial clients we have been doing satellite related communications for over 20 years. This is the first time we have offered this type of service to send messages into deep space.
- Q: Is this a one time service?
- A: No, but much like Dennis Tito who became the first space tourist there will only be one first intergalactic e-mail if you will. We hope the public responds and we can send as many messages as they want.
- Q: How can I contact you with further questions?
- A: Because we are a business with other commercial clients we need to control the call volume it is best to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours. We are however a legitimate business involved in the communications industry and members of the media can contact our public relations representative Susan Kohl of Sierra Communications either by e-mail email@example.com at directly 209-586-5887
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.