Our closest cosmic neighbor, the Moon, is going to get 4G network next year, that is, in 2019. A group of ambitious companies is collaborating to establish 4G network on the moon. As per the reports, Vodafone, Nokia, and car-maker Audi will be partnering with PTScientists organization to bring 4G LTE network to the lunar surface. PTEScientists, the main driver of this mission is planning to send a lunar rover to Moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2019, to establish 4G network.
If the mission becomes successful then it will become the first privately-funded Moon landing. Audi has been assigned to build the lunar rover and the LTE network connectivity will be provided by Vodafone and Nokia. The main aim of the mission is to inspect the conditions of the NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar rover that was left on the Moon during the last manned Apollo mission to Moon in December 1972. Two lunar rovers of Audi sent to the moon will be connected by an LTE connection provided by Vodafone and Nokia Bells lab. The base station will receive the 4G broadcast and sent it back to Earth.
According to Nokia, the 4G network will be established on Moon using its Ultra Compact Network which will be the lightest one ever developed weighing almost the same amount as a bag of sugar. Noki said in statement that the Vodafone testing indicated that he base station should be able to broadcast 4G using the 1800MHz frequency band and send back the first-ever live HD video feed of the Moon’s surface, which would be broadcasted to a global audience through a deep space link that interconnects with the PTScientists server in the Mission Control Centre in Berlin. PTSscientists is not new this lunar exploration. It was a strong contender to win the Google’s Lunar XPrize which went winner-less a month ago.
The $20 million Google Lunar XPrize was to be awarded to that private company which would have managed to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and performed a series of tasks on the lunar surface. But PTEscientists decided to carry on their Lunar mission project with the support of two important technology partners, Vodafone and Nokia. a PTScientists spokeswoman said that the two companies supported them with their specific engineering and commercial expertise during the Lunar X prize completion and now they are aiming to aim to become a trusted transport and communications infrastructure provider for future lunar missions. Sharing his thought about their first Lunar mission, CEO and founder of PTScientists Robert Boehme said, “This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet.”