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Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom, 2012/01/12 - Singletons should be over the moon. A British company yesterday announced plans to launch the world’s first intergalactic dating app - LocalSin.com.
The smart phone application will be accessible to “alien life forms” on planets up to one light year (six trillion miles) from Earth.
Extra-terrestrials will be able to download the app, for free, and make contact with humans by a form of ‘space-age’ email or futuristic type of text message.
A two-way GPS satellite – armed with “NASA-inspired” technology - will transfer the communications between Earth and the far-flung corners of our galaxy, the Milky Way, almost instantly via radio waves.
Sending messages, and even romantic declarations, into space is nothing new. Professional alien hunters have been sending text messages into space in the hope of receiving a reply from extra-terrestrials for years.
But according to dating website LocalSin.com, its new app will open up the possibility of communicating with alien life forms to “normal, broadminded people” – rather than just the scientific community.
In a statement the American firm, which has offices in London, admits the as yet un-named app is still in its “conceptual infancy” and that it could take up to five years before it becomes available.
It fails, however, to mention the two obvious pitfalls – that aliens will need a smart phone or computer to download the app, and that the journey to meet the little green man of our dreams could take up to 100 years.
A spokesman said: “The intergalactic dating application will be a first in many ways. It will give normal, broadminded people the opportunity to communicate with other life forms, and could open the doors to true universal dating.
In 2008, the social networking site Bebo arranged to have more than 500 images and text messages transmitted into deep space.
The signal was aimed at a planet known as Gliese 581C, which was selected because scientists believe it is capable of supporting life.
The messages sent included one from Radio One DJ Scott Mills.
A spokesman for LocalSin.com said the new app would,“theoretically”, be available to life forms on planets even further away from Earth.
Possible locations include Jupiter’s moon Europa - which, according to a study, could support complex life – and Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons.
It is unclear who will fund the app – a satellite alone costs tens of millions of pounds – or whether the “dream” will become a reality.
But the spokesman confirmed it has hired a team of experts to begin the “research and exploratory phase of the mission”.
He added: “There are tens of thousands of single people who have scoured the Earth looking for love but have been unsuccessful in their quest.
“This is their chance to boldly go where no one has gone before – to literally look to the stars for love.”