Nokia wins a contract with NASA to put a 4G network on the Moon

The NASA has approved an initial budget of 14.1 million dollars for the generation of a cellular network on the moon. The Nokia company h...

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The NASA has approved an initial budget of 14.1 million dollars for the generation of a cellular network on the moon.

The Nokia company has been the winner of the financing, and with the development of this technology it is intended to take another step towards conquering space.

Through the implementation of a cellular network in space, NASA hopes to contribute to space exploration in a more effective and safe way.

Do you want to know how Nokia will establish a cellular network on the moon? Here we tell you!

  • 4G network on the moon? NASA has approved a new program that will allow Nokia to install a cellular network on the moon
  • The program has received funding of 14.1 million dollars and the service contributes to the exploration and transmission of video from remote locations.
  • This program is part of the Artemis Agreement for the peaceful and safe exploration of space, signed by several sovereign countries on five continents

The race to conquer space is a task that several countries have taken very seriously.

The United States, Russia and China are at the forefront of this race, but the former are about to contribute new technology that is intended to serve as a starting point for future space exploration.

If everything goes as the developers at Nokia and NASA hope, astronauts may soon be able to communicate from anywhere on the moon.

The contract awarded by NASA to Nokia will provide the multinational company with 14.1 million dollars to install a cellular network on the moon.

This funding is provided as part of a series of contracts valued at $ 370 million that NASA has awarded under the ‘Tipping Point’ program.

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This, they explain, is a means of providing advanced technology in the task of exploring space.

One of the objectives is to provide a technological network that helps astronauts not only to communicate more directly with control centers on Earth, but to more effectively explore the lunar surface.

For Nokia, the plan is completely new and innovative, but it is a challenge that they have set themselves to become the first telecommunications company on the moon.

The project includes the development and installation of a 4G / LTE network that, according to NASA and Nokia executives, could be converted to 5G in the medium term.

According to the statement issued by NASA, “This system could be able to allow communication on the lunar surface at ever greater distances, with greater speed and with more certainty than the parameters of today offer.”

For its part, Bell Labs, Nokia’s research fringe, detailed in a series of tweets that one of the company’s objectives is to contribute to wireless exploration and navigation, in addition to generating a network capable of supporting live broadcasts of the lunar missions.

The design, they say, “is specially designed to withstand extreme temperatures, radiation and vacuum conditions in space.”

So far, neither NASA nor Nokia have delved into more details regarding this project, and a specific deadline has not yet been established for it to enter into operation.

However, it is known that NASA has set the goal of building a lunar base sometime in 2028; this is clear from the statements made by Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator.

If materialized, this technology would allow astronauts to share in real time, and in high definition, every moment of their space exploration, including interaction on social networks.

The contract, as established, is part of a $ 1.4 million grant awarded by NASA.

This subsidy, in turn, is included within the plans of the Artemis Agreement, which aims to send a woman and a man to the moon in 2024.

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The equipment developed by Nokia with the help of NASA will begin to be remotely installed on the lunar surface thanks to special equipment that will be built by the Intuitive Machines company at the end of 2022.

“The network will be configured automatically.” Nokia spokesmen said. Added to this statement is the fact that this new technology “will allow the creation of vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar explorers, real-time navigation and the transmission of high definition video.”

Although the 4G network has yet to be developed or implemented, Nokia is not ruling out upgrading to 5G in the near future.

The program called ‘Tipping Point’ is an effort that the POT has done to promote research and development of new technologies, granting a financing of $ 370 million dollars to 14 different companies.

This budget includes the creation of new artifacts to ensure survival during explorations on the moon, including sources of energy and oxygenation.

In addition to Nokia, one of the companies that have benefited from this financing is the one led by Elon Musk.

Musk, creator of Tesla and CEO of SpaceX received $ 53.2 million to sample the transfer of ten metric tons of liquid oxygen between two tanks located in a spacecraft.

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