The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to help develop “a burgeoning cislunar and lunar economy,” including communications and data storage on the Moon.
The agency has been soliciting help for the 10-Year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) capability study since the summer, but a recent update provides more information about the program.
“DARPA supports a future model where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), international governments, and commercial industry can rapidly scale up lunar exploration and commerce, enabled and supported by the deployment of an efficiently combined, integrated lunar infrastructure framework,” the DARPA document states.
“An integrated framework would upend the current technical paradigm, whereby each lunar lander or activity must organically support all required resources such as survival power, communications, and data storage.”
Later in the document, it states that specific key sectors that must be developed for a long-term presence on the Moon includes “digital infrastructure for modern lunar computing,” as well as “communications.”
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