A Startup Wants To Provide High-Speed Internet On The Moon By 2024

A startup called Aquarian Space announced that it just received $650,000 in seed funding to work on the development of a broadband internet connection that would link the Earth, Moon, and maybe even Mars. The company announced that it had received funding from Draper Associates. The company aims to deploy its first lunar system as soon as 2024.

Aquarian Space says that though humans spend billions to launch space missions for scientific purposes, “limited communication abilities in interplanetary space,” make it so that “it is only possible to transfer a fraction of that vital scientific data we collect from existing satellites. We can do better than this.”

Aquarian aims to create a system called Solnet using high-speed delivery satellite networks with speeds of 100 megabits per second. The startup has released little in the way of specifications, but it said it is carrying out technical reviews with U.S. partners, some of which are from NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. CLPS was started by NASA to gain private sector support in building lunar machines for its upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon.

“In 2021 there were 13 landers, orbiters, and rovers on and around the moon,” Kelly Larson, CEO of Aquarian Space, said in a statement. 

“By 2030, we will have around 200, creating a multibillion dollar lunar economy. But this can’t happen without solid, reliable Earth-to-moon communications” she added.