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Vodafone to install 4G network on Moon in 2019 to assist lunar rovers

The planned network will enable PTScientists' lander to broadcast a live video from lunar surface to the audience on earth and facilitate the communication among the lander and rovers.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 01, 2018 8:38 IST ]
Astronaut leaping on lunar surface near landing vehicle and
Image Source : NASA Astronaut leaping on lunar surface near landing vehicle and flag. File Photo

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 PTScientists, 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 PTScientists said their team is committed to bringing down the cost of space exploration and democratising 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 PTScientists' 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 analogue 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 PTScientists.

(With inputs from IANS)

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