Monday - Oct 21, 2019

The Moon is Now a Wi-Fi Hotspot – New Technology and More Than Acceptable Speed


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It’s now official, the moon has become a Wi-Fi hotspot. Scientists have managed to pull off this impressive accomplishment by transmitting Internet data through lasers. This is a new technology developed by MIT and NASA and their results and discoveries will be presented on June 9th at the CLEO laser technology conference taking place in San Jose, California.

The scientists have been outlining two major obstacles on the way to this impressive realization: the distance and the atmosphere. The distance between the Earth and the moon can cause disturbance in the signal, while the atmosphere of our planet can downright prevent the data from going through. Four lasers were needed in order to obtain a constant stream that will apparently be able to stream videos and transmit data at very interesting speeds. This is intended to allow astronauts to transmit video and communicate with loved ones. The information is contained in infrared pulses and the telescopes, that are about 15 centimeters long each, send the signals and actually make it 10 times the power necessary in order that the signal stays constant throughout the 238 900 miles it has to travel. These installations are located in New Mexico, USA.

Internet That’s Quicker Than In Some Establishments and Homes

The speeds that are offered on the moon are truly impressive compared to the standards on earth. In fact, they’re even better in some aspects. Upload can go up to 20 megabytes per second, and the download speed is even stronger at 622 mbps. This speed of transfer blows radio transmission speeds out of the water by being about 4000 times faster. So in other words, the upload speed (Earth to moon) is about on par with what’s offered as a broadband connection in the US, and the download speed at which the earth could get information from the moon is absolutely blazing fast.

The news has triggered plenty of reactions around the web and social networks, with people mainly calling out the fact that plenty of regions around the world still lack adequate Internet access. The new hot-spot could also serve for future missions on Mars and other planets.

The concept of sending video from space isn’t so new with famous astronauts like Canadian Chris Hadfield having done so in the past, but the live streaming portion over the web remains a novelty.