High-Speed Internet Could Be Available on the Moon

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The moon may have better wireless signal than your local store www.smithsonianmag.com reported. NASA and MIT researchers tested a rig that uses pulses of laser light to shoot data across Earth and to our satellite.

 

Nineteen point forty-four megabits per second is not much faster than a radio frequency data transmission used in space, but it is what you can get at home. A 10 to 15 megabit transfer speed allows you to stream TV or video chats. Downloading from the moon to Earth is faster, with speeds of 622 megabits per second.

 

The system will use four satellites in New Mexico to shoot infrared laser light pulses across 238,900 miles. Because of the high-speed rates, there could be movies streamed to astronauts. Larger and better images thanks to higher data transfer speeds can be streamed back to Earth www.homes.yahoo.com.

 

“Communicating at high data rates from Earth to the moon with laser beams are challenging because of the 400,000-kilometer distance spreading out the light beam,” Mark Stevens of MIT Lincoln Laboratory says www.osa.org stated. “It’s doubly difficult going through the atmosphere, because turbulence can bend light—causing rapid fading or dropouts of the signal at the receiver.”