NASA has compensated Nokia of America $14.1 million to install a cellular network on the moon. The grant is a part of $370 million worth of conventions signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections which are meant to advance research and development for space exploration.
According to NASA’s declaration, the company is planning to develop a 4G/LTE network and eventually adapt to 5G (just like the rest of us). However, it will be the first LTE/4G communications system in space. The announcement also reads that the system could support lunar surface communications at superlative distances, expanded speeds, and provide more authenticity than current standards.
Bell Labs, Nokia’s research arm has also provided more details in a Twitter Thread that the organization plans for the network to support wireless functioning of the lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming a video. The system is formed to be compact and well organized, besides, specially created to withstand the extreme temperature, vacuum conditions of space, and radiation.
According to UPI (United Press International), NASA has said in an announcement that the network would extend to spacecraft and it will help progress technology fit for the moon.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that there are no details about the timeline of this project becoming a reality, it is all in support of NASA’s goal or aim of having a lunar base on the moon by 2028.
Lastly, this is not Nokia’s first attempt to set-up an LTE network on the moon but it was programmed to do this in 2018 in association with PTScientists.