LEOcloud and CommStar announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding in which they will jointly develop advanced cloud computing services for governments and commercial customers in Cislunar, as well as around and on the lunar surface. Developing such a critical infrastructure requires low latency and high speed connectivity. The management of future critical lunar infrastructure, e.g. robotics, homes, sensors, will depend on cloud data services from vendors such as LEOcloud from CommStar-1.
LEOcloud’s vision for Space Edge cloud infrastructure and services is scalable from LEO to the Moon and beyond. Edge computing brings compute resources to workload as close as possible to data sources and users with the competitive and critical advantages of latency, security, availability, and sovereignty. End users can operate their services or application workloads in a transparent hybrid cloud environment, just as they would on Earth.
CommStar intends to deploy an advanced communications satellite, CommStar-1, at Lagrange Point 1 (L1), by the end of 2023, to serve as a Network Access Point (NAP), open to all interoperable users, “Always On, Always Available “. Partners, such as LEOcloud, will benefit from its vast service capabilities, enabling advanced service delivery, e.g. compute, cache, storage, to end users, such as landers, homes, industrial operations, as well as the emerging critical infrastructure on or below the lunar surface, essential for humanity’s return to the moon.
“Among a number of challenges for data communications in space – LEO, MEO, GEO, Cislunar and now the Moon, are the harsh operating environments, eg radiation, temperature extremes, latency. and the cost – space, weight and power (SWaP) – for providing the services. For example, the latency between Earth and Moon is a minimum round trip of 2,600 milliseconds over a distance of 240,000 miles in kilobits ( Kbps) or megabits (Mbps) of throughput. CommStar-1’s latency located at L1, however, will be 200 milliseconds with gigabits (Gbps) of service throughput to the lunar surface – a substantial difference making the delivery of next-generation cloud services, like that from LEOcloud, a reality at The Ultimate Edge â¢. “ Noted, Fletcher Brumley, CEO, CommStar Space.
âA permanent presence and the success of a mission to the Moon is not possible without high speed communications and advanced computing resources. “ noted Dennis R. Gatens, CEO and President of LEOcloud. âEnd users on the Moon will need cloud services that provide the same experience and utility as those on Earth. Our combined services will provide such an experience to the end user.