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Houston Company Wants To Bring Internet Service To Mars

Future outposts on the moon or Mars will want to use the web. Houston’s Hypergiant Galactic Systems hopes to create an interplanetary internet to serve them.



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If you've ever gotten frustrated when a web page took a few seconds to load, try waiting a few hours – or days.

Those are the kinds of delays astronauts might have to deal with on future outposts on the moon or Mars.

And while such outposts are still years away, a Houston company is getting a head start on creating an "interplanetary internet" to serve them.

Houston company Hypergiant Galactic Systems plans to use some technology that's already being used on a much smaller scale to relay the data along several way stations in space.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty learns more from with Nova Spivack, co-founder of the non-profit Arch Mission Foundation, which is collaborating on the project because it's in line with their mission to create an off-site backup of all human knowledge.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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