The mobile network provider Vodafone is planning to install 4G network on Moon in 2019. The network to support a private lunar rover mission by PT scientists, a private space company based in Berlin, which plans to launch a lander and two small rovers to the moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The German branch of the multinational telecommunication company has teamed up with Nokia to do the mission, London-headquartered Vodafone said in a statement on Tuesday.
The moon rover plan aims to study the lunar rover used by the Apollo astronauts during their historic landing in December 1972.
The PT Scientists said their team is committed to bringing down the cost of space exploration and democratizing access to the moon.
To help them achieve it, Nokia will create a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that is said to be the lightest ever developed – weighing around one kg, the same as a bag of sugar, according to the statement.
The planned network will enable PT Scientists’ lander to broadcast a live video from lunar surface to the audience on earth and facilitate the communication among the lander and rovers.
Under previous communication technologies used in moon exploration, such as analog radio, transmitting data consumes considerable energy reserves and requires rovers to be stationary.
“The great thing about this… is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science!” said Robert Bohme, CEO, and Founder of PT scientists.