Revolutionising Space Tech: BIG’s 3D-Printed Data Centre Bound for the Moon

Danish architecture studio BIG and technology company Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. have jointly developed a data storage device called the Freedom Payload. It is designed to be placed on the moon and remain there indefinitely after its arrival. The device is approximately the size of a hardback book and weighs 1 kilogramme. It will be used to store data from governments, enterprise businesses, and leading NGOs operating in outer space.

It will be abroad a lunar lander flying to the moon later this year and function similarly to a hard drive, or the larger data centres spread across the globe.

”In an unprecedented partnership between space and architectural innovation, Lonestar Data Holdings Inc and the world-renowned architectural firm Bjark Ingels Group proudly present the newly designed Freedom Payloa, the first data centre to be sent to space” said Lonestar

The project is part of a larger initiative by Lonestar and others including researchers from Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin, to move humanity’s data storage to the Moon in a bid to protect information in the event of a catastrophe on Earth.

“The decision will result in the elimination of data centres that emit large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.”

”As humanity transitions to a digital society with never-ending data needs, the expansion of data centres to the Moon provides an environmentally friendly means to simultaneously meet the needs of Earth while protecting the planet from carbon-heavy data centres” said Lonestar.

Freedom Payload is set to launch to the Moon later this year as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services mission. This initiative allows commercial entities to test and experiment with their technology on the lunar surface.

”Freedom is not just a data centre, it’s a symbol for all humanity of what the future holds” said CEO of Lonestar Chris Stott.


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