The startup Aquarian Space wants to establish a high-speed Internet connection between the Earth and the Moon

The very ambitious project of the startup Aquarian Space is to provide a high-speed Internet connection at the level of the Moon, and perhaps even the planet Mars. The company plans to launch its first lunar communications system by 2024.

According to reports, Aquarian Space has already managed to secure $650,000 in seed money. The startup’s wish is to connect the Moon and the Earth through high-speed Internet, a connection fast enough to play streaming 4K videos.

The money Aquarian Space has secured so far will allow the company to begin development work and technical reviews for the project.

An ultra-fast system

On Thursday, March 17, Aquarian Space announced funding from Draper Associates as a step in its plan to bring high-speed internet to space. The project will be based on what they call the Solnet, a system built from high-speed, high-speed data transfer commercial satellite networks. Aquarian says speeds will be able to reach 100 megabits per second.

According to Kelly Larson, CEO of Aquarian Space, there were a total of 13 landers, orbiters and rovers on the Moon and in lunar orbit in 2021. By 2030, this number will increase to around 200, which will create an economy lunar worth several billion dollars. Larson added that this will not be possible without a strong and reliable Earth-Moon communication system.

Currently, the startup is performing technical reviews in conjunction with companies participating in NASA’s CLPS or Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. Supporting NASA’s Artemis program, the CLPS will see several scientific pieces of equipment land on the Moon or enter lunar orbit.

Aquarian Space has high hopes for the space internet

Aquarian Space hopes to be able to provide end-to-end communication services by 2024. For now, the startup has not provided any details on the specifics of the system. We just know that customers won’t have to modify their design to adapt to Aquarian Space’s technology.

The company also plans to launch a space-based data relay service called Solnet. For the moment, the company has given very few technical details about this system. We don’t know yet what kind of satellites they’re going to use, or how those satellites are going to be sent into space.

Apart from high-speed Internet, the company also plans to work in the monitoring of the space environment such as space debris monitoring, space weather, but also the dissemination of scientific information from the Moon and Mars.


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