Lonestar has signed an agreement to place its data center on the Moon. It will be delivered to the site by Intuitive Machines. This will be a test device to check the viability of the idea.
Intuitive Machines will land a data center on the Moon
On April 19, Lonestar startup signed an agreement with Intuitive Machines to deliver its data center to the Moon. It will be a small data warehouse, the main purpose of which will be to test the idea of storing information on an Earth moon.
Intuitive Machines is a private developer of lunar landing operators. Their first automatic IM-1 program was supposed to launch on a SpaceX rocket back in 2021, but the launch was postponed to 2022. As soon as this flight is successfully completed, Lonestar will finally approve the terms of the agreement on testing information storage and transmission systems on the Moon. In any case, this mission remains one of the expected ones in 2022.
According to the exact timing of the IM-1 and IM-2 missions, the operator says only that they are going to take place soon. But everyone expects that the first data center will successfully reach the Moon in 2023 as part of the second landing.
What does Lonestar promise?
Lonestar fully funded the IM-1 and IM-2 missions by attracting a number of investors. Now they are completing the next round of negotiations on investing money in the project. At the same time, the California company Skycorp will carry out its own construction of the data center. It specializes in creating electronic systems for the orbit.
The experimental data center will weigh 1 kilogram and is designed to store 16 TB of data. It will be powered by the device on which it will be located. However, in the future, the company is considering the possibility of autonomous power supply of its projects.
Lonestar wants to become a pioneer in the creation of lunar data centers and believe that they are ready to fight the technological challenges that the Moon throws at them. In particular, they are sure that excessive heat, which is the main problem on Earth in space, can be useful, because the main problem there is not to let the device freeze.
According to spacenews.com