San Francisco – The moon will get a 4G mobile phone network next year, 50 years after the first NASA astronaut landed on the lunar surface, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Vodafone Germany, Nokia and Audi say they work together to support missions that allow rover (moonlight) to communicate with each other.
If it continues, it will also allow high definition live streaming of the Moon landscape to Earth. This is part of a project that aims to travel to the moon commercially.
Vodafone says it has appointed Nokia as its technology partner to develop a space-class network, which is a small piece of hardware weighing less than a bag of sugar.
The plan is to connect two Audi month rovers to the base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).
The 4G network will allow the Audi moon rover to transfer HD scientific and video data as they study the NASA Apollo 17 moon explorer used by the last astronaut to run on the Moon.
The researchers said the two rovers will also send HD images directly to Earth as they travel within 200 meters (656 feet) of the rover.
The companies are working with the Berlin-based PTScientists company on the project, with a scheduled launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral with SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Vodafone said.
“This project involves a radical innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure,” said Vodafone German Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter.
An executive involved said the decision to build a 4G network, not a sophisticated 5G network, was taken because the next generation network was still in the testing and testing stages. This means it may not be stable enough to work from the lunar surface.
Development of Infrastructure Outside The Planet
PTScientists, a Berlin-based company, announced that the moon will have its own 4G network next year. This network was developed as part of Mission to the Moon, a project that aspires to land the first private mission on the moon.
“In order for humans to leave the earth, we need to develop infrastructure outside our home planet,” said Robert Bohme, CEO and founder of PTScientists.
To do so, PTScientists collaborated with Vodafone Germany and Audi to develop a tool called Ultra Compact Network.
Vodafone also announced that it has demonstrated Nokia as a technology partner to make the Ultra Compact Network small enough and no heavier than a kilogram. The plan, the network will be used to support communication between two Audi robots with the earth when exploring NASA’s Apollo17 moon vehicle.
This communication can be either high resolution video or data. When running smoothly, PTScientists predict that the project will be launched in 2019 along with SpaceX’s Falcon9 rocket. “With the Mission to the Moon, we have determined and tested the first element of the communication network on the moon,” Bohme said.
He continued, the interesting thing about this LTE solution is that it uses less power, and the less energy we use to send data, then we will have more opportunities to do science.