A startup wants to provide high-speed internet on the Moon by 2024. In addition, the company will also provide asteroid detection data for planetary defense.
A company called Aquarian Space has announced that it has just received $650,000 in seed funding to work on developing a broadband internet connection connecting Earth, the Moon, and possibly even Mars.
Internet on the moon is the key
Humanity wants to make the Moon our observation center of the universe, as well as the launch pad for outer space exploration. For such an ambition it is necessary to have connections, and this is currently a synonym for the Internet.
in your websiteAquarian Space says that while humans spend billions to launch space missions for scientific purposes, the "limited communication capabilities in interplanetary space" make it "only possible to transmit a small portion of this vital scientific data we collect from existing satellites." We can do it better than that."
Aquarian's mission is to create a system called solnet Using high-speed satellite networks at a speed of 100 megabits per second.
The startup didn't reveal much in terms of specifications, but said it was conducting technical reviews with US partners, some of whom are from the program. Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) from NASA. CLPS was launched by the US Space Agency to gain private sector support in building lunar machines for the upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon.
In 2021, there were 13 spacecraft, orbiter and rover on and around the Moon. By 2030, we will have about 200, which will create a multi-billion dollar lunar economy. But this cannot happen without strong and reliable communications between the Earth and the Moon.
Aquarian Space CEO Kelly Larson said in a statement.
Strong competition for satellite communications networks
Of course, Aquarian isn't the only company building the communications infrastructure for space. SpaceX recently received public acclaim for using its Starlink internet satellites to help People on Earth to keep in touch in Ukrainein the midst of the ongoing Russian invasion of the country.
This same satellite network for space communications will soon be tested by the special mission Polaris Downscheduled to be held at the end of this year.
However, NASA also warned The massive constellation Starlink has the potential to make it difficult for astronomers to spot a potentially catastrophic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Conversely, Aquarian Space says on its website that its satellites will provide planetary defense data, including asteroid detection, as well as Space Situation Awareness (SSA) for lunar defense.
Space Aquarium will have to work hard to differentiate itself from Starlink and SpaceX, NASA's largest partner in recent years. Helping prevent the destruction of civilization on Earth is a good way to start.
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