Living in the age of science and technology, the privacy of data has always been our main concern. And with the ongoing conflicts along with the threats of cyberattacks, there is hardly any place on Earth where our data can remain out of danger. By perceiving the situation, a start-up company, “Lonestar Data Holdings,” has come up with a new idea to keep our data safe and prudent. They have decided to reserve this data in the form of data centers inside the lava tubes on the Moon. It will not only assist the future missions of man on the moon but will also preserve this data for a considerably long time.
According to Lonestar, storage of data on the moon is far safer than any other place on Earth, especially the data center facility at “Svalbard Global Seed Vault”, which is located in Norway. Lonestar Data Holdings founder and CEO Christopher Stott said, “If we don’t do this, what will happen to our data on Earth?” The seed bank was flooded due to the effects of climate change. It’s also susceptible to other forms of destruction like war or cyber-attacks.”
The NASA-funded aerospace company, Intuitive Machines, comes in collaboration with Lonestar for the mission, which has two phases. For the first phase, a commercial lunar services program on behalf of a space agency will be launched in which the astronauts will be given an illustration of the technological manifestations on the Moon, but this phase supports the software technology only. However, in the second phase, which is anticipated to take off next year, a 16 terabyte of memory will be sent to the moon, and this is going to be the first hardware prototype ever dispatched.
Apart from all this, we should never forget the upcoming challenges of the mission. First, it is extremely difficult to land anything safely on the moon’s surface, and when it comes to data, the case becomes sensitive. Secondly, the atmospheric conditions on the Moon, like the presence of cosmic radiation and extreme weather conditions, are vulnerable to the data.
Given these challenges, the reason for deploying the data inside lava tubes was this, but we can’t guarantee how efficient this would be as no one has ever tried to implement this project in the lava tubes. But we hope that everything goes according to plan and that the prototype testing is successful.
Coupled with this, the advantage of storing data on the moon is that the near side of the moon is always facing toward the Earth, which makes the communication linkage with the moon much smoother and more convenient.