Lonestar is taking the idea of the “Doomsday Vault,” which is located in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on the island of Spitsbergen, Norway, for a very exciting project.
The vault has the function of storing seed duplicates in airtight aluminum bags and is intended to protect the planet’s food supply against any potential disaster that could happen, whether it was caused by humankind, like war or natural disasters.
Although the system still has tons of vulnerabilities, Lonestar has decided to utilize similar technology to store humanity’s knowledge. To be more specific, the company plans to store humanity’s knowledge in lava tubes on the Moon. They are also responsible for developing an apocalypse-proof vault for open-source data, which can be found in Svalbard.
Lonestar believes that humanity needs a place where our data can be safe. And that’s why they decided that the Moon is the best place for it.
Some companies have already taken some interest in the project, as Seldor Capital and 2 Future Holding have already invested in it.
However, Lonestar will have to demonstrate that the project is viable, and that’s why the company has already scheduled a test on the next Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission, which is a private project that will place a lander in Earth’s sole natural satellite.
Lonestar also has plans to fly data services payload on the IM-2 mission by the same partner company – which has the lunar pole as the destination. This would be the place where Lonestar uploads and downloads the data for its tests.
Lonestar has to face a few other issues, though. It has to deal with the harsh temperature fluctuations on the Moon, which can range from 106ºC (222.8ºF) in the day to -183ºC (-297.4ºF) during the night, in addition to the lack of protection against cosmic radiation.
That’s why the Moon’s lava tubes play an important role in the process, as they will provide the mechanical components from getting too hot and also protect them from radiation.
It sounds a bit complicated to dig down the Moon and get the servers and components where they need to be. When questioned about it, Christopher Stott, CEO of Lonestar, said that they would use “robots, lots of robots.”
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