Belzebutt t1_jeebat3 wrote

For those saying “why not Starlink”. What they can get with 4G is to blanket a very wide area with coverage, and in this area several devices can get fast data access, and importantly the devices can be cheap, very small and very low power (rovers or people). The base station is also relatively cheap and small. Starlink around the moon implies a whole bunch of satellites ($), a ground terminal ($), and devices that use large, not very mobile, expensive phased array ($) dishes that need line of sight.


Belzebutt t1_jeeadzm wrote

Completely unworkable. Going back to earth would increase latency by several orders or magnitude, making it useless. Putting a bunch of low orbit of satellites around the moon would be even more orders of magnitude more expensive. A local 4G station gives you wide area access with the right performance at the right price.