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An American company wants to secure terrestrial data on the moon - or rather in -

An American company wants to secure terrestrial data on the moon – or rather in –

Who knows, maybe one day such a major catastrophe will happen here on Earth that we will lose so much of our data in one fell swoop. An American company says this should not happen.

Last year we wrote about plans to Seeds, spores, sperm and eggs from 6.7 million species To be stored in tunnel systems under the lunar surface. American company one star He wants to do something similar, but with important data.

“I find it incomprehensible that we only keep our most valuable possessions – our knowledge and data – here on Earth,” said Chris Stott, CEO of Lonestar. Opposite the UK IT site record† “We need to secure them somewhere far from here.” So the moon.

two to land

For the first steps, Lonestar contacted another company: Intuitive machines† NASA has taken charge of transporting cargo to the Moon with its lander, Nova-C. At the end of this year, it should depart for the Moon – with, among other things, a little data from Lonestar on board.

In 2023, a second Nova-C lander is scheduled to make its way to the south pole of the moon. He should have a device of about a kilogram with 16 TB of data from Lonestar.

Then tests should be carried out in which data in the form of radio radiation is transmitted from the Earth to the device on the Moon, and vice versa. Lonestar has already received permission to do so, reports record

Corridors hundreds of meters wide

If all goes according to plan, Lonestar hopes to send a server with 5 petabytes (5,000 terabytes) of data to the moon by 2024. Two years later, a 50 petabyte server should follow. By then, Stott says, we also hope it will also be possible to send data from Earth to the Moon at a rate of 15 gigabits per second. (For comparison: currently in the Netherlands the download speed is 100 mega bit per second is very common.)

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But data centers on the Moon are not the end goal. Stott eventually wants to put it in a net Lava tunnels under the moon’s surfaceA system of corridors that can be hundreds of meters wide. There is a more stable temperature and the servers are exposed to less dangerous radiation.

Landers crash

It is not clear how seriously the latter part of the plan is being considered. On still somewhat brief Lonestar website Could not find anything about her. But hey, they might as well think there: The most important things first† Moon landings tend to fail. in April 2019 The Israeli landing craft Beresheet has crashedin September of the same year India’s Vikram suffered the same fate† So it remains to be seen if the landers with the first Lonestar data on board will soon succeed in reaching the lunar surface uninterrupted.