Humans colonizing the moon has long been an idea of science fiction, yet out of all space colonization dreams, it has been the one that has always seemed the most plausible. Perhaps it is due to the moon being the only natural space landmark humans have ever stepped foot on, or the fact that traveling back and forth wouldn’t cost a lifetime, but until now that dream has gone unfulfilled. While a trip to the moon today would offer an amazing view, there would be no way to “check in” on Facebook or Snap with a limited edition moon filter, but one German firm is about to change all of that when they take the first step towards connecting the moon with its very own cell network based on the same LTE technology our phones are used to communicating over today.
“you can use the most widespread means of communication on the surface of the Moon”
PTScientists is gearing up to put a series of rovers, developed with the help of Audi, onto the surface of the moon for a scientific data collection mission. These rovers will come packed with some impressive new technologies, and while driving power from the free energy resource known as the sun, there isn’t quite enough of it to power both the machine and the data streams, including HD video, back to earth. The current radio transmission technology commonly used in space is too power hungry, so PTScientists looked to our eartly resources for inspiration and found that setting up a traditional LTE network is not only technologically possible, but it also comes with the advantage of paving the way for true colonization.
“We are trying to show that you can use the most widespread means of communication on the surface of the Moon, to execute missions there,” PTScientists electrical engineer, Karsten Becker, said in an interview with Space.com. “We are aiming to provide cost-effective solutions to problems that are arising in terms of building the lunar village.”
When PTScientists will actually start connecting the moon is currently up in the air after the team pulled out of Google’s Lunar X Prize competition when they realized that meeting the December 2017 launch goal wouldn’t happen, but the team is still moving ahead with the project with a new 2018 launch goal in mind. And colonization? Well that would still be years away if the technology proves successful and other tools of living find themselves on their way to the rocky and barren moonscape.