Nokia wins contract to provide 4G network on the moon for all the rovers who need it

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded Nokia $ 14.1 million to establish 4G connectivity on the moon. NASA and Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs, announced on October 15.

“Inspired by terrestrial technology, Nokia proposes to implement the first LTE / 4G communication system in space. The system could support communications on the lunar surface at greater distances, increase speed and provide greater reliability than current standards, “noted NASA in a blog titled Tipping Point Selections.

“The system could support communications on the lunar surface at greater distances, faster speeds, and provide greater reliability than current standards,” announced NASA. “The system would also extend to spacecraft”, “NASA Associate Administrator for Space” Technology Jim Reuter told UPI. “With funding from NASA, Nokia will examine how Earth’s technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-speed communications.”

The overall prize value for the project is over $ 370 million, of which Nokia, headquartered in Finland, which owns the US subsidiary, will receive $ 14.1 million.

Bell Labs, Nokia’s active research arm Twitter, he noted, “We are thrilled to have been named by @NASA as a key partner to advance the turning point technologies for the moon, to help pave the way for a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.

“Our pioneering innovations will be used to build and deploy the first wireless network on the moon, starting with # 4G / LTE technologies and evolving towards # 5G.

This fully integrated cellular network meets the stringent size, weight and power constraints of space payloads in the smallest possible form factor. The mission-critical LTE network we developed was specially designed to withstand the extreme conditions of temperature, radiation and vacuum of space, as well as the considerable vibrational impact during launch and landing on the lunar surface. “

NASA also noted that it plans to send the first woman and the next man to the lunar surface in 2024 as part of the Artemis project and establish a sustainable presence there by the end of the decade. “The agency will use the Moon to prepare for the next gigantic human exploration of Mars,” the space agency noted.

The overall prize value for the project is over $ 370 million, of which Nokia, headquartered in Finland, which owns the US subsidiary, will receive $ 14.1 million.

News Underline:

  • Nokia proposes to implement the first LTE / 4G communication system in space.
  • Bell Labs noted that the integrated cellular network meets the stringent size, weight and power limitations of space payloads in the smallest possible form factor.
  • The LTE network was designed to withstand the extreme conditions of temperature, radiation and vacuum of space, as well as the considerable vibrational impact on the lunar surface.