Vodafone, Nokia, and Audi are working on an initiative to install the first mobile phone 4G network on the Moon in 2019. It is quite weird at once but this news is true and confirmed.

“The moon will get 4G coverage next year, 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on its surface. Vodafone plans to create the first 4G network on the moon to support a mission by PTScientists. We have a target to land in 2019 on Moon”. – A Vodafone representative said.

How will this work?

Vodafone, Nokia, and Audi – These 3 companies are partnering and working together on this mission. They are planning to install 4G network on Earth’s satellite which can be used on the surface of Lunar. The network will allow the transmission of high definition content from the satellite to the Earth.

“The 4G network will be created with a technology known as Ultra Compact Network (UCT), which weighs about the same amount as a bag of sugar” – according to Nokia.

The 4G network of Vodafone on the Moon will use the frequency band of 1800 MHz. And, it will be the first live broadcast of the surface of the Moon in HD quality. The signal will be much more efficient with the higher quality. And with less consumption than the analog signal that was used for communications in the Apollo missions. It will also serve as communication infrastructure for future missions.

This project will last for 11 days only initially, that because of a massive change of the environment and temperature on the moon.

The Joint Mission For This 4G Network By Vodafone, Nokia, and Audi:

The mission is expected to place on the Moon. Two Quattro rovers will be manufactured by the Audi Company. It will have the 4G network that will allow them to communicate with each other. Thanks to this connection, the rovers will be able to control themselves remotely and send scientific data and HD videos in the process of studying and analyzing Apollo 17. It is the same vehicle which was used by the last astronauts to walk on the Moon.

Recently, a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with NASA, managed to have broadband on the Moon, obtaining better speed conditions or similar to most domestic ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) services.

This mission will be the first-ever privately-funded moon landing mission. Total cost for this project is expected below 50 Million USD.

The Technology:

The technology consists of a system of laser beams sent jointly by four telescopes to the lunar territory. That provides a broadband of 19.44 megabits per second. The tests carried out last year that confirms that it was possible to download data at a maximum speed of 622 megabits per second between the 3,84,633 kilometers that separate the Moon from Earth.

Anyway, we can’t wait to see if they are actually able to achieve this mission in just 1 year. But the main point is when service provider companies have not yet managed to provide a proper network on Earth, why they are working on Moon??

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