Plenty of studies suggest your home broadband speeds are getting slower. And it could get worse, too, with big providers snuggling up into a Megazord of awfulness. But if you would just move to the moon, you'd be able to enjoy some pretty lavish speeds much better than what you and I get at home. Welcome to Space Age Wi-Fi.
Using its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), researchers at NASA and MIT managed to beam a wireless Internet signal across the 238,900 miles separating Earth and the moon. I can't even get a mobile signal in some spots around my house, yet researchers managed to download information from the moon at over 600Mbps—and upload data at over 19Mbps. I might need to have a conversation with my home Internet provider about upping my speeds.
NASA actually managed a similar feat late last year, but researchers have plans to present the findings on June 9 about the laser technology. At the time, NASA said the LLCD initiative is meant to change the way astronauts communicate in space. As of now, NASA currently relies on radio frequency (RF) communication, though it's becoming more difficult as the demand for more data rises. With LLCD, NASA will have the flexibility to send back higher resolution photos and video back to Earth—NASA is even hoping to one day provide streaming video.
NASA's Don Cornwell said the advancement of LLCD could lead to a number of potential application possibilities, including the ability to better research deep space. In addition, NASA said LLCD is a big stepping stone toward an even more advanced system, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD), which is set to launch in 2017.
Maybe colonizing other planets in the future won't be such a bad thing after all if the Internet speeds will be so good. As it is I have one bar in our office. Barely enough to stream music.