4G data network to be launched on the moon to show first ever live-feed

An Audi lunar quattro rover on the moon.
An Audi lunar quattro rover on the moon. Photo credit: Supplied / Vodafone NZ

It's hoped a new sky-high data network will allow Earth to see the first ever HD video feed of the Moon's surface.

A 4G network will be launched on the moon, in a partnership between Vodafone Germany, PTScientists, Audi and Nokia, in what will be the first ever privately-funded landing.

The 4G network will enable two Audi lunar quattro rovers to send back HD video as they study NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle, used by the last astronauts to walk on the moon in 1972.

The video will be broadcast back to a global audience.

"It is hugely exciting to see a technology initiative of this size and scale take flight," Vodafone NZ consumer director Matt Williams says, adding it could support future missions to space.

"It's a sign of what's to come, as rapid advancements in technology continue to make the seemingly impossible a reality."

'Mission to the Moon' will launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the space-grade network, which will weigh less than one kilogram.

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