The first generation of the fourth generation (4G) mobile network will gain the moon in 2019. Vodafone and Nokia and Audi are already working on this, announced in the framework of the technology exhibition in Barcelona.
The network will support the planned two-rover mission by Berlin-based privately owned German Space Corporation PT Scientists. The rover will be built by the German carmaker Audi and will be hauled into NASA’s “Apollo 17” mission, the latest manned mission to the moon.
The network will allow, according to Reuters, the BBC and the Financial Times, which the Athenian News Agency invokes, to transmit high-resolution data and images from the Moon to the Earth (Berlin), a feature that will make use of rover for to communicate with their base station.
Vodafone Germany, in collaboration with PT Scientists, has made it known that the network will require a very small equipment that will weigh less than a bag of sugar. The launch of the necessary networking equipment and rover for the Moon is scheduled to take place in 2019 from Cape Canaveral in the US with Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket.
A Vodafone spokesman said the decision to develop a 4G and not fifth generation (5G) network, which will be the future of networks, was because the 5G networks are still on a pilot network and are not stable enough to make sure they work reliably on the lunar surface.
Nokia’s technology chief Markus Wellington said that “whether it is an asteroid mining, or a recruitment or a trip to Mars, we need to learn to communicate in space” in extreme and hostile environments.
PT Scientists chief Robert Bee said that the development of a lunar network “will lay the foundations for future exploration of space.” He stressed that the computing power of a current “smart” mobile phone is far greater than the systems used for travel to the Moon five decades ago.
The new grid will depend on solar energy for its energy needs.