Researchers at MIT and NASA have this week announced that it is now possible to access WiFi from the moon, well sort of access WiFi.
It is only sort of as it is only a possibility so far, and so far the two organisations have only demonstrated the data communication technology that could be possible in space by linking to a set of four telescopes at a ground terminal in New Mexico.
These telescopes are theoretically capable of sending an uplink signal to the moon, using a laser transmitter that code send information through each telescope as a coded pulse of infrared light, which result in 40 watts of transmitter power.
Despite all of my negativity, the researchers have already managed to upload information using this method from Earth to the moon at a rate of 19.44 Mbps, which is about the basic broadband speed here on Earth.
The researchers also revealed that they where then able to download this information from the moon at a huge 622 Mbps, which is about 4,800 times faster than the transmutation speeds from RF signals.
Both organisations have also already said that they plan to present this technology during the CLEO laser technology conference on June 9th in California, where they will detail how they transmitted the data, and will also explain how they avoided atmosphere turbulence.
Its pretty interesting stuff, and if successful it may mean we might be able to set up our broadband on day one when moving to our possible future home.
Source: Wired UK