A data center installed on the Moon
The startup has successfully raised $5 million in funding and will use Intuitive Machines’ IM-2 mission to send a data center demonstrator to the Moon in late 2023. Intuitive Machines, a privately held company, and its NOVA-C lander were notably selected by NASA to bring equipment to the surface of the Moon as part of the Artemis program. This new mission is sponsored by NASA as part of its commercial program and will last fourteen days, the length of a lunar day. Resistance to cold during the lunar night, which also lasts 14 days, will not be tested during the mission, but Lonestar says this problem should be partially solved by the unique characteristics of operating a data center that emits a lot of heat. The start-up hopes to have the first operational data center on the Moon by 2026.
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