Earlier, it was difficult to access the web without a reliable connection but it changed with the inception of technologies like WiFi, 3G, 4G and even 5G or Fifth Generation that tends to use a number of techniques to provide a lightning fast and reliable internet connection with higher latency rate. But that’s just confined to Earth. With the dominance of space exploration, technologies and innovations are advancing faster than earlier. Similarly, Moon also known as the satellite will soon get a 4G LTE connection from Vodafone and Nokia. Confused? There’s much more to it then just 4G connection.
According to the statement released by Vodafone Germany, a telecom giant, it will work in collaboration with PTScientists, a Berlin-based company and Audi to fund a private moon landing slated to be performed somewhere in 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Vodafone will work towards providing a state-of-the-art 4G network on Moon while Audi is responsible for developing two Audi lunar quattro rovers to the base station on the moon in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA). That’s not all. Vodafone had roped in Nokia Bell Labs to create a state-of-the-art space-grade Ultra Compact Network which is estimated at less than one kilo.
Once on the moon, the Vodafone-led 4G network will allow Audi lunar quattro rovers to communicate with each other along with the mission control on the Earth where it will be the first time when any rover or object in the space will send live video feed along with scientific data to the various stations on the Earth from where it will be controlled and instructed. According to the CEO of Vodafone Germany, Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, such innovative mission conquered by multi-skilled and an independent team will boost the morale of future innovations and will be instrumental in encouraging others to do it.
Vodafone is conducting preliminary tests on the networks that will be set up on the base station on the moon and as per that, the telecom giant has deduced that 4G network broadcasted with 1800 Mhz frequency will enable the first ever live HD video feed to the Earth’s surface. Moreover, the live feed will be showcased to the global audience via deep space link. The rovers will be programmed to approach near NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle where Commander Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt were the last to step their foot on the moon in 1972. The rover will examine the spot as well.
According to PTScientists, this is an important step towards the sustainable exploration of our solar system. This giant step will take the humanity from Earth to building infrastructure on the moon for future expeditions. Moreover, when a dedicated communication network installed on the moon will result in less power consumption when compared to a traditional communication channel between spacecraft or rover to the Earth. This will be instrumental in conducting excess study and research. Marcus Weldon, Nokia CTO and President of Bell Labs released a statement saying that they were pleased to become a technology partner to Vodafone in such as endeavor. He further stated that this will be an infrastructure for future industry academics, data networking, storage, and processing, and conducting lunar research, etc. Nokia was roped in as the technology partner apart Google XPRIZE comprising of Vodafone and PTScientists disbanded.