NASA, a US based space agency has now teamed up with Nokia’s research arm to bring 4G connectivity on the moon. The project has a total budget of $370 million. NASA to provide $41.1 million to the Finnish telecommunication company to help bring 4G solutions o the surface of Moon. The announcement of the launch of 4G network on Moon was made on 15th October.
So by chance if we ever happen to visit the Moon, we would be able to tweet photos from there and this will be possible because of Nokia. But it is the Nokia of American Corporation which will be provided money by NASA as NASA has listed out American Companies for their Mission.
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. NASA has selected 14 companies including a number of small businesses, as partners to develop technologies needed for the setting up of 4G infrastructure on Moon.
In some tweets Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs said, “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. “
Nokia’s LTE network – the precursor to 5G – is ideally suited for providing wireless connectivity for any activity that astronauts need to carry out, enabling voice and video communications capabilities, telemetry and biometric data exchange, and deployment and control of robotic and sensor payloads.
Nokia’s lunar network consists of an LTE Base Station with integrated Evolved Packet Core (EPC) functionalities, LTE User Equipment, RF antennas and high-reliability operations and maintenance (O&M) control software. The solution has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space. The fully integrated cellular network meets very stringent size, weight and power constraints of space payloads in an extremely compact form factor.
But we should not get all excited because Nokia also announced a partnership with Vodafone Germany in 2018 for the launch of 4G network on Moon by 2019. But as we all know that this did not happen by 2019, so let’s wait for more news before getting al excited.