This will likely solve the problem with nature’s impact.
The European Union is looking to launch data centers in space to combat climate change. Thales Alenia Space will handle the project, which is a Franco-Italian aerospace company.
The rise in data volume has prompted the establishment of new data centers around world. This has a significant impact on the environment. The European Union began to explore alternative data centers in order to lower global warming. It is part of the ASCEND initiative to investigate the possibility of placing data centers in orbit. This will allow us to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
This project is part the Horizon Europe program, which is the neunth EU research and innovation programme. It has a 7-year term, running from 2020 through 2027. It will receive 95.5 billion euro. ASCEND has received 2 million Euros in grants.
Thales Alenia Space will evaluate the feasibility of sending data centers into orbit. The project will also include other companies that are involved in IT, space technology, and the like. In the initial stage, it will be possible to determine if the carbon emissions from space launches will be lower that those generated by the operation of data centres on Earth.
Technically speaking, it is understood that orbital data centers will get energy from a solar cell, while high-speed optical communication channels are used to transmit data. Although it is not yet clear how to “pack” huge data centers into compact modules that can be placed in a rocket. Also, it is not yet clear how to maintain or repair such systems. This could be done with robots.