Aquarian Space wants to build a communication system between the Earth, Moon and Mars. The startup received $650,000 in seed capital and expects to deploy broadband internet on the Moon by 2024.
Aquarian Space was funded by venture capital firm Draper Associates. The ultimate goal of the project is to conduct high-speed Internet between the Earth, the Moon and Mars. The satellite network will be called Solnet and will provide data transfer at 100 megabits per second, enough to stream 4K video, Aquarian says.
“In 2021, there were 13 spacecraft on and around the moon, by 2030 there will be about 200, creating a multibillion-dollar lunar economy. But it will not develop without a strong and reliable connection between the Earth and the Moon, ”says Kelly Larson, CEO of Aquarian Space.
Aquarian hopes to begin providing its communications services to a variety of businesses soon and is already conducting technical reviews of its system with several member companies of the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Customers won't need to change their designs to accommodate Aquarian's technology, the startup promises.
In addition to high-speed Internet, Aquarian plans to collect and provide information on space debris, weather, and scientific research on the Moon and Mars.