German startup plans to bring LTE to the Moon

German startup Part Time Scientists plans to send an LTE base station to the Moon in late 2018.

The company has teamed up with Vodafone Germany to land the LTE base station.

LTE is a wireless broadband technology supported by a range of smartphones and network providers, and provides fast data downloads and uploads for users.

According to, the startup has a launch contract with SpaceX as a secondary payload on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch will see the company’s LTE base station and two remotely-controlled rovers land on the lunar surface and relay information back to Earth using LTE technology.

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German startup plans to bring LTE to the Moon