A German company is working to get a 4G network placed on the Moon. PTScientists are working in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corporation, who will transport its payload to the lunar surface some time in 2019.
Also involved are Audi, the German car manufacturer, who will build two rovers that will be controlled from the base station, Vodafone Germany, who will set up the network, and Nokia, who are building the hardware to support the network from the base station.
The landing site is to be near the Apollo 17 site, which was the last of the manned lunar missions to the moon in December 1972. Not only will the 4G network allow the rovers to visit Apollo 17’s site, but it will also allow for the first HD video transmissions to ever be transmitted from the Moon back to Earth.
The “space-grade Ultra Compact Network” being developed by Nokia Bell Labs is expected to the the lightest ever developed, and will weigh less than 1 kilogram (about 2 lbs.). It is expected to broadcast on 4G using the 1800Mhz frequency, and will be capable of live-streaming an HD video feed. The mission is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral next year.
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