Planning for a trip to the Moon?!! Well, no worries regarding the network. The full 4G network would be provided and all credits to Vodafone.
Sounding really strange right?!! But this is absolutely true. British telecom major Vodafone has recently announced that it has plans to create the first 4G network on the moon to support a mission by PTScientists in 2019.
A Vodafone representative, close to this endeavor, added that “The moon will get 4G coverage next year, 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on its surface. Vodafone plans to create the first 4G network on the moon to support a mission by PTScientists. We have a target to land in 2019 on Moon”.
Also, it needs to be added that the company has appointed Nokia as its technology partner for the 4G network.
To this, Robert Bohme, CEO, and Founder of PTScientists, added that “This will be the first privately-funded moon landing mission. It will lay the future of space exploration. The cost less than what it cost for full mission lab. We will be below USD 50 million mar”.
Berlin-based PTScientists is working with Vodafone Germany and Audi on this project as of now.
Here, Bohme also added that Mission to the moon is due to launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX FalconBSE 0.00 % 9 rocket.
Here, Vodafone testing indicates that the base station should be able to broadcast 4G using the 1800 MHz frequency band and then again send back the first-ever live HD video feed of the Moon’s surface, which would be broadcast itself to a global audience via a deep space link that interconnects with the scientists server in the Mission Control Centre in Berlin.
Also, Bohme added that this project would be lasting last for about 11 days because of massive change in temperature on the moon.
Now, Bohme was right while stating that a 4G network is definitely and highly energy efficient when compared to analog radio and that would be crucial for the Mission to Moon and is also the first step for building communications infrastructure for future missions.
The process states that Vodafone’s network expertise would be used to set up the Moon’s first 4G network, connecting two Audi lunar Quattro rovers to a base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).
Again, Nokia, through Nokia Bell Labs, would be creating a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that would weigh less than one kilogram, i.e. the same as a bag of sugar.
This 4G network would enable the Audi lunar Quattro rovers to communicate and transfer scientific data and HD video while they carefully approach and study NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle that was used by the last astronauts to walk on the Moon to explore the Taurus-Littrow valley in December 1972.