“The ideal place”: Planned data centers on the moon

In order to provide data and computing power even in really dire emergencies, an American startup wants to set up small data centers high above the Earth, right on the Moon. According to their own statements, the Lonestar company is now assured of flight opportunities. The first tests on the Earth satellite will take place this year and the first small data center will be sent there next year. Supposedly, his abilities have already been booked. With the technology, the company wants to be able to serve the premium segment of the cloud industry in a particularly secure and environmentally friendly way.

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“Data is humanity’s most important currency,” said Lonestar founder Chris Stott. We depend on them for almost everything we do, and they are too important to be stored in Earth’s increasingly fragile biosphere: “Earth’s largest satellite, our moon, is the ideal place to secure our future.” Technology on the Moon “would cost a bit more than on Earth,” as Stott admits to Spacenews. But the traditional costs and weaknesses associated with terrestrial data centers are virtually reversed on the moon. The heat generated there is a positive thing, for example electricity is provided by the sun for free.

Lonestar has booked flight opportunities with US company Intuitive Machines. It is planning several unmanned flights to the moon and will receive more than US$150 million from NASA in two tranches. The first IM-1 mission should launch in 2021, it is currently planned for this year. Lonestar wants to conduct “a series of advanced service tests” on the plane, with the first small data center to fly on the IM-2 follow-on mission, which is scheduled for 2023. The one-kilo payload will have 16 terabytes. of storage space on board and is expected to work on the moon for about two weeks, Spacenews was quoted as saying. Future data centers should last 15 to 20 years on the moon. The company has requested frequencies for communication with the technology.


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