LoRa is living up to its name, literally.\nA shortened version of \u201clong range\u201d (ironic!), LoRa is a wide-area wireless modulation technique that encodes information on radio waves. LoRa, which has been around since 2015, is derived from Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) technology and uses chirp pulses to transmit small bits of data. It also uses very little power. The proprietary technology is owned by semiconductor supplier Semtech Corp\n\nLoRa\u2019s value is in transmitting data for sensors and other connected devices that require little power to operate. Not only can LoRa withstand disturbances, it can transmit data at longer ranges than better known wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. So long, in fact, that demonstrations of LoRa\u2019s transmission capabilities now must extend into near space.\nWhich leads us to news that a team of European scientists in October bounced a LoRa message off the moon, something that had never been done. It\u2019s also the furthest distance (730,360 km) a LoRa message has traveled. And it was the first time an off-the-shelf, small radio-frequency chip was used to bounce a data message.\nSo many firsts! No wonder, then, that LoRa co-inventor Nicolas Sornin could not contain his excitement. \u201cThis is a fantastic experiment,\u201d Sornin said. \u201cI had never dreamed that one day a LoRa message would travel all the way to the moon and back. I am impressed by the quality of the data captured.\u201d\nThomas Telkamp, CTO of Lacuna Space, a global connectivity provider for the Internet of Things, was beyond excited. \u201cSeeing the message coming back from the Moon was exhilarating,\u201d he said. \u201cFrom the round-trip time we were able to calculate the distance to the moon, matching very well the predicted values of NASA's JPL Horizons ephemeris system. We even used the echo to see the shape of the moon, which we didn\u2019t imagine we could.\u201d\nAn in-depth overview of the entire experiment and results is scheduled to be presented at\u00a0The Things Conference\u00a0in Amsterdam from Jan. 27-28, 2022.\nThe experiment, which used the Dwingeloo radio telescope in the Netherlands, certainly proves that sending and receiving low-powered messages to the lunar surface is possible, which likely will be relevant at some point, if not at the moment. (The message the team sent was \u201cPI9CAM\u201d, which is the call signal of the telescope.) For now, though, it is a muscle-flexing demonstration that showcases why LoRa is being adopted by major industries such as agriculture, utilities, industry and transportation\/supply chain.\nLoRa and the IoT\nAmong the IoT devices that LoRa is powering today are:\n\nSensors that monitor cattle body temperature, disease and location\nBuilding security monitors and elevator motors\nAsset tracking and fleet management devices\nParking meters and streetlights\nMunicipal trash bins\nUtility transformer temperature monitors\nWater and gas pipeline pressure and flow monitoring\n\nThat\u2019s just a small sample of the types of use cases for LoRa here on Earth. You can read more about how LoRa and the LoRaWAN networking protocol are enabling low-powered IoT devices across vast distances at the website of the LoRa Alliance. And if you really want to drill down, the alliance also has a page listing specific devices that are LoRa certified.