By Alex Bellury, Senior writer
Saturday, March 3, 2018

(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- Vodafone Germany and Nokia will put the first 4G network on the moon by 2019.

PTScientists, a private space company, will have a privately funded moon landing with the help of the two telecommunication companies.

“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system,” said founder and CEO of PTScientists Robert Böhme.

“In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet.”

PTScientists plan on landing two rovers designed by Audi on the landing site which will be near the Apollo 17 landing site.

They’ll then be controlled by the base station, Vodafone Germany, who will set up the network with hardware designed by Nokia to support the network from the base station.

The 4G network will allow the rover to send HD footage of the lunar roving vehicle from the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

“Vodafone’s network expertise will 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),” Nokia said in a statement.

“Nokia, through Nokia Bell Labs, will create a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that will be the lightest ever developed – weighing less than 1 kg (2.2 lb), the same as a bag of sugar.”

The mission is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


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