Scientists MSTU im. N.E. Bauman was proposed to place supercomputers and data centers in Earth’s orbit. They believe that such a solution will reduce electricity consumption and waste heat emissions.
“The proposed space complex should include solar panels, a power supply and heat removal system, as well as target equipment for the production and processing of information, telecommunications equipment for data transmission. If several such centers are created, they should be able to exchange data with each other in order to form a “space cloud,” the author of the project, a professor at the Department of Aerospace Systems at the Moscow State Technical University named after M.V. N.E. Bauman Georgy Shcheglov.
The authors of the work calculated that it would be optimal to place the station at the so-called Lagrange point L1. Its peculiarity is that there the Sun is not blocked by either the Earth itself or its satellite, so the Sun will constantly feed the batteries.
In addition, this is an ideal place in terms of gravity: there the attraction of the Earth and the Sun is approximately equal.
Experiments on the operation of a computer in space have already been carried out, and the results have been recognized as successful, so radiation is not terrible for such stations.
True, according to experts, sending computers into space is a costly business.
“Although solar energy can be beneficial for supplying the station, the cost of putting a satellite into orbit will more than cover all the benefits of using this type of energy,” said Sergey Vorozhtsov, business analyst at SR Data.
Detailed calculations will be required to make the project profitable.
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