The moon is about to get cell phone service. Vodafone Germany teamed up with Nokia and Audi to support a mission to put a mobile network on the moon and it will enable high-definition streaming. The companies have worked to create a space-grade network that’s no bigger than a bag of sugar to send up to the moon.
Vodafone Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter says, “The project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure.”
The network will be 4G rather than 5G for its proven reliability. Plus, experts aren’t quite sure if 5G would be stable enough from the moon’s surface. The companies have a launch scheduled on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2019 from Cape Canaveral.