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Will Hawkins Joins Lonestar As Chief Data Officer


Noted Disaster Recovery industry veteran joins Lonestar as Chief Data Officer to bring key data storage and edge processing infrastructure to the Moon.


St. Petersburg, FL – 1st August, 2022 - U.S.-based Lonestar Data Holdings, Inc. today announced it is scaling its enterprise DRaaS and BaaS division by naming industry IT veteran Will Hawkins as its Chief Data Officer. Hawkins, who founded data protection-focused firm Enterprise Data Solutions, Inc. in 2011, has earned accolades across multiple industries for helping architect and implement customized client-focused data management & disaster recovery solutions. At Lonestar, Hawkins will be rounding out a team of industry leaders from Cloud and Space verticals who are leveraging the unique attributes of the Moon to offer unprecedented immutable data backup and edge services.


As a data protection professional focused on leading data protection, disaster recovery, data management, and business continuity solutions for the industry, Hawkins brings over twenty years’ experience to Lonestar.


“I am honored to be a part of the Lonestar team as we develop a blueprint for providing clients with a secure, immutable data storage solution,” Hawkins said. “Utilizing our presence on the lunar surface to preserve a digital backup of humanity is an exciting path forward into a developing market, and I am excited to bring the skills I’ve cultivated throughout my career to help advance the Lonestar mission.”


Chris Stott, CEO, said, “Will is a superb addition to our founding team. His experience is beyond compare and he is a great addition to our team as we work to bring a new epoch to premium global data storage.”



Lonestar contracts with Intuitive Machines and Skycorp to bring key data storage and edge processing infrastructure to the world from the Moon.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. announced today that it is launching a series of data centers to the lunar surface and has contracted for its first two missions to the lunar surface and for the build of its first data services payload, the first data center to the Moon.

The VC funded startup is revolutionizing data services and communications from Earth's largest satellite, the Moon, by providing a platform for critical data infrastructure, and edge processing, further leveraging its ITU spectrum filings to enable broadband communications.  

Lonestar sees the Moon as the ideal location to serve the premium segment of the $200 billion global data storage industry while addressing key environmental and growing biosphere concerns triggered by the increasing growth of data centers around the world.

"Data is the greatest currency created by the human race," said Chris Stott, Founder of Lonestar. "We are dependent upon it for nearly everything we do and it is too important to us as a species to store in Earth's ever more fragile biosphere. Earth's largest satellite, our Moon, represents the ideal place to safely store our future."

Following the success of the company's groundbreaking edge data center test on the ISS in December 2021, working with Canonical and Redwire, Lonestar is now pressing ahead with the first of its lunar data centers.

Lonestar has contracted to perform a series of advanced service tests on Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission, which is headed near Marius Hills in the larger Oceanus Procellarum, and then to fly their first full data services payload on Intuitive Machine's IM-2 to the lunar pole. Lonestar has also made the necessary spectrum filings for its missions from the ITU with the Moon as their focus.




Image credit: Jason Riley, Artificial Lens for Lonestar

"Our turnkey solution for delivering, communicating, and commanding customer payloads on and around the Moon is revolutionary," said Steve Altemus, President, and CEO of Intuitive Machines." Adding Lonestar Data Holdings and other commercial payloads to our lunar missions are critical steps toward Intuitive Machines creating and defining the lunar economy.

The build of the first ever data center payload for Lonestar's proof-of-concept service has been contracted with Skycorp.

"Skycorp is pleased to be able to provide our advanced multi-core RISC-V in space server architecture to the forward thinking team at Lonestar," said Dennis Wingo, CEO and Founder of Skycorp. "Our system is currently operating as the world's first web server on the International Space Station and we look forward to supporting Lonestar in their groundbreaking Lunar application next year."

Founded by Chris Stott, former CEO of ManSat, Mark Matossian, previously CEO of Iceye US and Head of Data Center Hardware Manufacturing at Google, Carol Goldstein, former ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley banker, and Del Smith, former Senior Space Business Counsel at Dentons, Lonestar draws from a deep well of experienced leaders from both cloud and space industries.

Lonestar is a rapidly growing VC funded lunar startup. The company's Seed round is being led by Scout Ventures, and has been joined by Seldor Capital and 2 Future Holding.

Believing both form and function are important as the world's data takes this next giant leap, Lonestar is also working with world renowned architectural firm, BIG, for the exterior design of their first lunar data center.

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About Lonestar - Saving Earth's Data One Byte at a Time
Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. (Lonestar®), headquartered in St Petersburg's Maritime and Defense Technology Hub, has been founded by a proven team of experts from the Cloud and Space verticals to pioneer a future for data at the edge for all of us. Lonestar is fueled by remarkable and visionary investors led by Scout Ventures, Seldor Capital, and 2 Future Holding. 

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​The Edge of the Cloud is Now in Space

Lonestar successfully completes data storage and edge processing test as part of the first ever software defined payload sent to the International Space Station

St. Petersburg, FL - 3rd February, 2022 - Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. (Lonestar) announces the first ever software defined payload sent to the International Space Station (ISS) enabling successful data storage and edge processing tests on the ISS. 


The first software defined payload was sent to the ISS December 17th 2021. Crucially, it leveraged existing hardware on the ISS retasking an existing computer server on board to become an edge of network node. The server was reconfigured to launch a Canonical Ubuntu virtual machine that stored data and ran an application that blockchained the results, which were sent back to Earth. 


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Thanks to NASA and CASIS, the International Space Station is truly an incredible test bed for new technologies and now also a home for the creation of digital art”

— Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, U.S., February 1, 2022 / — Award-winning artist Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm and her tech team at ARTificial Mind are advancing the next epoch of digital art with a first of its kind artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain artwork created in space December 17th 2021.

The artwork – Celestium - is an AI and blockchain artwork to operate from space, as it orbits the Earth aboard NASA’s part of the International Space Station (ISS). The artwork is developed by artist Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm. The idea for the artwork was initiated by Falkenstrøm and Zibrandtsen. The technology for Celestium is developed by ARTificial Mind.


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