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MIT works on a solution to offer high-speed Internet on the Moon

At the moment there is nobody on the Moon, removing the spider-stones that we saw in the movie Apollo 18But that does not mean that a solution is not being worked on that allows future colonies to access the network of networks at high speed, or to transmit data at high speed from other places in our solar system.

This is reported on computerworld.com, where they indicate that there are four telescopes in the New Mexico desert that could be responsible for offering high-speed Internet to a satellite in orbit around our satellite.

It is a project based on laser technology (they send data in the form of pulses of infrared light) to demonstrate that there is the possibility of faster communication with spacecraft and possible future bases on the Moon and Mars, a project that will be detailed next month at a conference in The Optical Society.

The demonstration of the system began last year with NASA’s launch of LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer), a satellite that now orbits the Moon. NASA built a laser communications module on that satellite for the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD)

In the tests carried out, it has been possible to transmit data at 622 Mbps from the Moon to Earth and at 19.44 Mbs in the opposite direction, much faster than what we enjoy here on Earth. The problem is that the Earth’s atmosphere can deflect the laser and lose the transmission, which is why four separate telescopes are used, to prevent the information from passing through the same atmospheric turbulence conditions.

The goal is for NASA to accelerate communication with missions in space, which use radio waves today. Laser equipment also weighs less, making transportation cheaper.

If you now like the photos that Curiosity sends on its Twitter account (@marscuriosity, imagine what it could send at 622 Mbps…

Image from shutterstock.com

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