- A new NASA study is exploring the possibility of building that Wi-Fi network on the moon.
- Steve Olson of NASA told Insider that it was part of an effort to prevent unequal access to Internet services.
- NASA is also expected to be notified of the conceptualized framework at this stage Artemis program.
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NASA reports that a new study has revealed the possibility of building a satellite Wi-Fi network.
It comes in an attempt to address the inadequate Internet access in some parts of the United States and to inform future Artemis operations.
Mary Lobo, Director of Technology Incubation and Innovation at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, said in a press release: In our village. “
The Artemis program, launched last year, aims to land on the moon for the first time since 1972. Its plan is to launch an unbroken mission around the moon in 2021, followed by a crew flight to the moon in 2023, followed by a lunar landing in 2024.
The study, conducted by NASA’s Compass Laboratory, states that “the lunar / atomic base camp for staff, rovers, scientific instruments and mining equipment needs reliable communications and will eventually return to Earth.” Glenn told Insider.
NASA has announced that digital inequality and the lack of adequate Internet access across the United States, which has been exacerbated by the Kovid-19 epidemic, are a socio-economic concern.
According to a report by the National Digital Admission Alliance, about 31% of homes in Cleveland do not have broadband access.
Following these findings, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, an economic development organization, visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center to explore technological barriers to digital inequality and to see if there is an opportunity to use the moon to solve the Earth’s digital divide.
To assess how such a network would look on the moon, the compass team at NASA’s Glenn Research Center evaluated how a terrestrial network in the nearby Cleveland neighborhood would work, Olsen told Insider.
Their study compared the lunar surface area and the area around Cleveland to solve technical problems related to Wi-Fi connectivity in that area. Olsen told Insider that devices change due to different Earth and lunar environments, and that Wi-Fi frequencies can be the same as on Earth.
Olesen said engineers have found that installing Wi-Fi routers on approximately 20,000 lampposts or other utility poles in Cleveland can provide Internet access to every home in any neighborhood.
By placing the router at a distance of not less than 100 yards, a house of four people can receive about 7.5 megabits per second. “Such services allow users to access basic Internet access for schoolwork, banking and shopping, and access information over the Internet. It is not sufficient to stream 4K videos or games,” Oleson added.
Oleson said the results of the study will be passed on to NASA mission planners for future Artemis missions and future base camp plans.
He added: “We share them with NASA technologists who need to adapt to Wi-Fi. Equipment to the extreme of the lunar environment, including dust and high temperatures. “
Although it’s still conceptual at this stage, NASA’s team hopes that the Wi – Fi study will eventually help communities in less privileged cities in the U.S. provide them with reliable Internet access.