Several companies announced on Tuesday a joint effort to bring mobile phone coverage to the moon in 2019.
A 4G wireless network is set to be installed on the moon by Vodafone, Nokia, Audi and SpaceX. The installation is scheduled to occur 50 years after NASA astronauts first walked on the lunar surface.
The goal of the network is to support future missions to the moon by allowing communications between two lunar rovers, for example. Vehicles and astronauts on the moon would have a much easier time communicating with each other through a lunar network than depending on signals beamed down to earth and sent back up to the lunar surface.
The nodes of the network will weigh less than one kilogram (2.2 pounds) and will be manufactured by Nokia.
Vodafone will power the Nokia technology with its 4G network and carmaker Audi is building lunar rovers that will use the network to communicate. The whole mission is being organized by private space company PTScientists. SpaceX has agreed to launch the network to the moon using its Falcon 9 rockets from Florida sometime next year.
Source: Al Jazeera News