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Earlier in 2022 Lonestar Data Holdings announced that it wants to build a data center on the Moon for backing up the world’s data and also supporting lunar edge processing needs. Taiwan-based SSD controller and storage product company Phison announced that their SSDs have been certified to be used in lunar data centers.
Lonestar wants to archive data on the moon in its lunar data centers to protect that data from human or natural damage and data loss. In addition, as more activities are done on the moon that generate data or need data processing, having a lunar data center facility will avoid the latency and energy consumption penalties from sending that data back to the earth.
In the latter half of 2023 NASA will send a Nova-C lander to the Moon’s South Pole on an Artemis spacecraft that is scheduled to include a hardware prototype from Lonestar. This is to be a one-kilogram storage device with 16TB of storage.
- Cloud computing startup Lonestar said April 19 it has contracted commercial lunar lander developer Intuitive Machines to deploy a mini proof-of-concept data center on the moon next year.
- The Florida-based venture said its initial hardware is joining IM-2, Intuitive Machines’ second mission to the moon, which aims to take a collection of government and commercial payloads to the lunar south pole aboard its Nova-C lander.
Lonestar said it has also signed a contract with Intuitive Machines to test data transfer and storage capabilities during the lander developer’s first mission, IM-1, which will attempt to land Nova-C at Oceanus Procellarum located at the western edge of the near side of the moon. These tests will use a software-only “virtual payload.”
Lonestar plans to do upload and download tests as well as running some applications on this lunar hardware using communication with radio signals. The company has talked about launching servers that can hold several petabytes of data in 2024 and 50PB by 2026 with data rates of 15Gb/s data rates. The company plans to use robots to install its hardware in lava tubes on the moon to shield its servers from wide swings in temperature and cosmic radiation.
Skycorp, Lonestar’s space logistics company, selected Phison to supply the storage for the Lonestar 2023 mission. In order to qualify Phison’s 8TB M.2 SSD had to pass NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) certification (see image below). This included running the product in deep cryogenic temperatures and in vacuum as well as electromagnetic environment testing and vibration and shock testing to simulate launching and landing.
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