If all goes according to plan, this group may make history in a couple of ways as early as next year in their “Mission to the Moon.” The team members: Audi, Nokia, Vodafone and German group PTScientists (re-named from Part-Time Scientists). The mission: execute the first privately funded, unmanned landing on the moon, and then establish the first 4G network on the lunar surface, preferably in 2019.
The launch will be made using a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, and the 4G network will be set up using Nokia’s Ultra Compact Network technology. Two Audi lunar Quattro rovers will then use the network to communicate as they locate the abandoned Apollo 17 rover and live stream what they find back to Earth in HD.
“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system,” said PTScientists founder and CEO Robert Bohme in a statement. “In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet. With Mission to the Moon we will establish and test the first elements of a dedicated communications network on the moon.”