A 4G mobile phone network will be installed on the moon in 2019 if plans from PTScientists, a German private space company, and For All Moonkind, a not-for-profit international organization push through. They will be working with key technology partners Audi, Vodafone Germany, and Nokia to make the vision a reality.
If the project pushes through, it will then be possible for humans on Earth to see high resolution images and videos from the surface of the moon – from the very site of the Apollo landing missions. The footage is going to be the first ever live HD feed of the Moon’s surface. It will also be the first privately-funded moon landing.
Since Apollo 17’s mission to the moon on December 14 1972, no one has seen the lunar roving vehicle or LRV that was left by astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan. NASA was able to retrieve some grainy images but nothing has captured distinctly how the moon and the abandoned LRV had been for the past 45 years.
For Robert Boehme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists, this should not be the case. He believed that the generation today, who weren’t able to witness the man’s first moon mission, has the responsibility to continue what was left of the mission.
“The inspirational power of the Apollo missions even touches people who, like me, weren’t alive to see them first-hand. Apollo 17 marked the end of one chapter of exploration, but as we enter a new era of private exploration I want to create a new ‘Apollo moment’ to inspire a new generation of explorers, engineers and scientists,” he explained.
For All Moonkind Co-founder Michelle Hanlon, the Apollo lunar landings are fundamental part of human heritage in outer space and the people of today should learn about that human achievement. “They mark an achievement unparalleled in human history, and one that is common to all humankind. They also hold valuable scientific and archaeological information and serve as poignant memorials to all those who work — and have worked in the past — to evolve humans into a spacefaring species,” she said.
For All Moonkind aims to develop and implement binding international law that will manage the preservation of humankind’s heritage in outer space, starting with the Apollo landing sites.
The plan is to launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2019.Vodafone will set up the 4G network, connecting two Audi lunar Quattro rovers to a base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).
Nokia, through Nokia Bell Labs, will create a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that will be the lightest ever developed – weighing less than one kilo, the same as a bag of sugar. The 4G network will enable the Audi lunar quattro rovers to communicate and transfer scientific data and HD video to Earth.