Nokia 4G on the moon is a part of NASA‘s long-term plan to establish a human presence on the lunar surface by 2030. The space agency has also reportedly granted the company USD 14.1 million for the same. Tanvi Jain
We’re over the moon to announce further details after being named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon.
— Nokia (@nokia) October 19, 2020
You will soon be able to stay connected from the moon as well because Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first-ever wireless network there. “We’re over the moon to announce further details after being named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon. The pioneering innovations from @BellLabs will deploy the first LTE/4G communications system in space. https://nokia.ly/2T9sl9e,” Nokia said in a tweet.
The decision has been taken as a part of NASA’s long–term plan to establish a human presence on the moon by 2030; for which it has also reportedly granted Nokia Bell Labs USD 14.1 million.
To the moon! 🌕
We are excited to have been named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the moon, to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.
So, what technology can you expect to see? (1/6) pic.twitter.com/wDNwloyHdP
— Bell Labs (@BellLabs) October 15, 2020
“Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be used to build and deploy the first ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022. Nokia is partnering with Intuitive Machines for this mission to integrate this groundbreaking network into its lunar lander and deliver it to the lunar surface. The network will self-configure upon deployment and establish the first LTE communications system on the moon. The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video. These communication applications are all vital to long-term human presence on the lunar surface,” Nokia said in a press release.
Reports further suggest that the idea behind this mission is to further conduct experiments and explorations, so as to hopefully develop first human mission on Mars.
The space agency had earlier offered USD 370 million to 14 companies to deploy on the moon, technologies such as cryogenic freezing, remote power generation, safer landing, robotics, and 4G, and later upgrade it to 5G like on Earth. The idea is to enable more long-distance communication as compared to the current radio standards.