Following a 2019 mission, the moon might actually have better cell coverage than many neighborhoods right here on Earth. Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took that one “small step for man,” a group of scientists will lead a mission to stand up a lunar 4G network to live stream HD video from the moon’s surface.
PTScientists, along with Vodafone Germany and Audi, will partner on the first privately-funded Moon landing on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to deploy the 4G network. Nokia has been tapped by Vodafone to develop a first-of-its-kind, space-grade 4G network that weighs less than a bag of sugar.
Once you finish installing the 4G network on the moon can you send someone here and check why we are still not getting 2G even though our phone displays 4G?
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— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) March 1, 2018
“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system,” Robert Böhme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists said. “In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet. With Mission to the Moon we will establish and test the first elements of a dedicated communications network on the Moon. The great thing about this LTE solution is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science!”
Vodafone will use its expertise to set up the network that will connect two Audi lunar quattro rovers to a base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).
“This project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure,” Vodafone Germany CEO, Dr Hannes Ametsreiter said. “It is also a great example of an independent, multi-skilled team achieving an objective of immense significance through their courage, pioneering spirit and inventiveness.”
One giant leap for the basic infrastructure needed to develop a solid base for future private missions to the moon.
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