A Tech Startup is Planning to Build a Cell Tower On the Moon

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 6:32PM
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 6:32PM
A Tech Startup is Planning to Build a Cell Tower On the Moon
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If lunar colonies are going to become a realistic plan for the future, one thing's for certain. We're going to need good cellphone reception.

Luckily, a German tech startup named PTScientists (formerly known as Part Time Scientists, because they're a team of volunteers) have announced plans to launch a commercial mission to the moon next year, with a pair of rovers landing on the lunar surface with the goal of establishing a solid cellphone communications link with good old Earth.

Calling this a cellphone link isn't just a cutesy analogy - the technology is being provided by LTE working with Vodafone, so the signals transmitted will literally be the same as the messages that carry the drunken phone calls that you make to your ex when you've had a bit too much to drink. It's worth assuming that the messages that go to and from the moon will be, if anything, a little more coherent, in spite of the distance.

If you need somewhere far away to hide after the embarrassment of a drunken call, then you might want to pay attention to PTScientists' plans. Cell reception is step one in a long-running plan that will see the company returning to the moon in 2020 to establish a larger presence, eventually leading to a commercial operation the brings Earthly home comforts to the rocky, cratered surface of our biggest natural satellite. Assuming, of course, that everyone can club together for a really thick roof for the colony to keep it from being destroyed by asteroids.

According to Karsten Becker, speaking on behalf of PTScientists:

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"What we are aiming to do is to provide commercial service to bring goods to the moon and also to provide services on the surface of the moon."
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What these services entail remains to be seen, as PTScientists aren't entirely sure themselves at this point - it'll depend on what clients they can sign. The goal is to provide the infrastructure necessary to get stuff on the moon for commercial companies, helping to create the ESA's planned lunar village, which means it's not going to be a million years until there's a day spa on the moon. Heck, give it a decade, and the moon will probably have a faster internet connection than most Midwest homes!

Perhaps the weirdest part of this whole mission is the fact that it makes one element of Alien: Covenant look horribly dated. We've all seen futuristic sci-fi movies that assume a high-tech gadget will be invented a lot later than it really is, but Covenant actually features the lunar rovers, created by Audi, that PTScientists will be using for their cellphone operation.



If human colonists are still using these rovers centuries on the future, then frankly they deserve to be killed by horrific Xenomorphs.

So just to recap: soon, the moon will have an abundance of Audis and perfect cellphone reception. Sounds like heaven off Earth if it works out.
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