Soon, astronauts on lunar missions will have no excuse for not responding to their texts.
NASA has allocated Nokia of 14.1 million dollars to deploy a cellular network on the moon. Amazing month. The grant is part of a $ 370 million contract signed as part of NASA’s Tea Point selection to advance research and development for space exploration.
Nokia’s plan is to build a 4G / LTE network and eventually move to 5G (like all of us). This will be “the first LTE / 4G communication system in space,” according to a NASA statement.
“The system can support monthly surface communication over longer distances, at higher speeds and provide greater reliability than current standards,”; the statement said.
Up to a month! 🌕
We are pleased that @NASA has named us a key partner in advancing the Tea Point technology for the Moon to help pave the way for a 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’s research division, Bell Labs, provided more details on Twitter. The company intends for the network to support wireless operation of lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming video.
The network is designed to be compact and efficient, as well as “specially designed to withstand extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum space conditions.”
According to UPI, NASA announced live the announcement that the network will extend to spacecraft and help develop technology suitable for the Moon. Although there are no details on the timeline for the project, it’s all in support of NASA’s goal of creating a lunar base on the moon by 2028, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said on the air. After all, how else could astronauts instagram their lunar walks ?!