Founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk is not alone in wanting to leave the Earth to save humanity. Another start-up, PTScientists, also wants to colonize other stars. It will first explore the Moon, and deploy to do this … a 4G network!
The Alina module and one of the two rovers.
PTScientists took advantage this week of Mobile World Congress to formalize its partnership with Vodafone Germany, which chose Nokia to design a suitable 4G relay.
What will 4G serve on the moon?
But why does an operator want to deploy 4G on the moon even before covering all the villages on Earth? The mission "Mission to the Moon" is to send two exploration robots, designed by PTScientists "in conjunction with Audi ". Equipped with 3D cameras, these Audi lunar quattro rovers will be remote controlled in real time from Earth. They will transmit scientific data and broadcast live high-definition video. The rovers will not communicate directly with the Earth because it consumes too much energy. The Alina module (for Autonomous landing and navigation module) which will transport them on the Moon will serve as relay. Earth-Moon communication will be provided by a conventional space link, but the lander-rover link will exploit 4G. Nokia said in a statement that the LTE standard enjoys high energy efficiency, compared to analog radio. The equipment manufacturer was able to design an ultra-compact network, weighing less than 1 kg. This is the weight gained for scientific equipment.
A shot of com 'space
The choice of 4G is probably also a good communication operation. For each of the actors of this private initiative, it was the guarantee to make speak about the mission, to give oneself an image of innovating company, and thus to improve its reputation. Whatever it is, "Mission to the Moon "is scheduled for 2019, 50 years after the man walked on the moon. SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket, which will put the lunar module into Earth orbit. He will then light his own thrusters to reach the lunar orbit, 380 000 km, and settle there.