4G network on moon: NASA choose Nokia to build 4G LTE network for its moon mission, company said: service will start before 2023
NASA's target is to take humans to the moon by 2024. The network will facilitate voice-video communication to astronauts.
NASA has chosen the Nokia to build the first cellular network on the moon, the Finnish company said on Monday that the US space agency was planning for the future that humans would return to the moon and establish settlements. NASA's goal is to take humans to the moon by 2024 and to have a long presence there under its Artemis program.
The network will be ready by the end of 2022
- Nokia said that the first wireless broadband communication system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022.
- For this, the company will partner with Texas based private space craft design company Intuitive Machines, which will take Nokia's equipment to the moon.
- The network will configure itself and install 4G / LTE communication system on the moon, Nokia said - though the objective will eventually be to switch to 5G.
- The company said that the network will provide facilities for voice and video communication to astronauts, as well as telemetry and biometric data exchange and allow deployment and remote control of rovers and other robotic devices.
Network will work even under difficult circumstances
- The network will be designed in such a way that it will be able to withstand the odd conditions of launching and landing on the moon. It will be sent to the moon in extremely compact form to meet its extremely rigid size, weight and power shortage.
- Nokia said that we will use 4G / LTE instead of 5G network, which has been used worldwide for the last several decades and has proved its reliability. However the company will also 'advance LTE's successor technology, 5G's space applications'.
What is the purpose of NASA's Artemis program?
- With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, using new technologies to explore the lunar surface more than ever. It has also partnered with its commercial and international partners. Under this program, humans will explore areas of the Moon that have never been reached, nor seen.
- NASA says that we will return to the robotic moon that starts early next year and within four years we will send astronauts and have a long presence there by the end of the decade.
Nokia gets 103 crores to start work
- NASA has given US $ 14.1 million (about Rs 103 crore) to Nokia to set up 4G cellular network on the Moon.
- The grant is part of a $ 370 million (about Rs 2714 crore) contract signed under NASA's 'tipping point' selection that aims to advance advanced research and development for space exploration.
- NASA stated in its Contract Award Announcement that the system can support long-range communication on the lunar surface, increase speed and provide greater reliability than current standards. "
Powerful systems will be needed to complete the mission: NASA
- According to United Press International, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstein said in a live broadcast that NASA should quickly develop new technologies to live and work on the moon if it wants astronauts to be on the lunar surface by 2028 Do the work.
- "We need a power system that can stay on the lunar surface for a long time," Bridenstein said.
- Nokia's research arm, Bell Labs, stated on social media that 'the company intends to create a network that provides wireless support of Moon Rovers and navigation as well as video streaming'.
Nokia has tried before also
This is not the first time Nokia is attempting to launch LTE network on the Moon. Nokia had also planned to launch an LTE network at the site of the Apollo 17 landing in 2018 with German space company PTScientists and Vodafone UK, but the mission never materialized.