When the world is heading towards a 5G era and spaceX is busy with their mission to beam internet down to earth from satellite, Moon is just to get its own 4G network soon. Recently A revolutionary step has been taken by Nokia and Vodafone. Both of the companies are working to make 4G network available on the moon which will help to send high-definition video footage of the moon and lunar surfaces to Earth. The main reason behind this, is that the 4G network is more energy efficient than analog radio, and it will allow to transfer a larger packets of data between the rovers and the base stations.
It’s around 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on the moon, And German new-space firm PTScientists has been planning a mission to the Moon for many years now. They’ve partnered with Audi to develop quattro rovers that will explore the the lunar surface.
As per Robert Bohme, CEO and founder of PTScientis,””This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system,In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet. The great thing about this LTE solution is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science!”.
Vodafone Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter said,”This project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure,”.
Nokia will create a space grade ultra compact network for Vodafone’s base station that will weight “less than a kilo, the same as a bag of sugar.” The Vodafone 4G network on the Moon will use the 1800 MHz frequency band to transmit data. First The Vodafone’s base station will communicate with the rovers and the collected images, data and videos of the lunar sights will be sent to the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) through Vodafone’s 4G network. Later which will be forwarded to PTScientists in Berlin.
This mission is totally private funded. One executive said the reason to choose 4G rather than building a 5G ecosystem is because the next generation networks remain in the testing and trial stage and are not stable enough to ensure they would work from the lunar surface.
Nokia’s Marcus Weldon said,”We are very pleased to have been selected by Vodafone to be their technology partner,This important mission is supporting, among other things, the development of new space-grade technologies for future data networking, processing and storage, and will help advance the communications infrastructure required for academics, industry and educational institutions in conducting lunar research. These aims have potentially wide-ranging implications for many stakeholders and humanity as a whole, and we look forward to working closely with Vodafone and the other partners in the coming months, prior to the launch in 2019.”
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will be used as the launch vehicle to put ALINA outside of earth’s atmosphere. As per currently fetched informations, this mission is scheduled to launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida using the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.