SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The exponential increase in IT operations requires sending processing and storage facilities into orbit.
By Raúl Limón (The country)
Big problems, extraordinary solutions. This is the motto of the European Commission in the face of the exponential increase in the number of IT operations, their energy cost, which is expected to reach 10% of global consumption, and the pollution they generate, “ 4% of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, a rate slightly higher than that of the global aerospace industry “, according to the School of Higher Technology of the University of Quebec (Canada).
The EU has chosen Thales Alenia Space, a consortium made up of 67% Thales and 33% Leonardo, to study the viability of the ASCEND program (the English abbreviation of “European space cloud for zero emission networks and sovereignty Datas “). The objective, stated in the Horizon Europe research programme, is to install data centers in orbit.