Tech News Summary:
- Nokia is planning to establish a 4G LTE network on the moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program to improve lunar communication and create links that facilitate communication between astronauts
- The 4G network will be introduced in the coming months using a SpaceX rocket, and the Nova-C lunar lander equipped with a base station and antenna will be created by Intuitive Machines
- Nokia’s 4G equipment is built to withstand the harsh conditions of space, and the network will allow remote control of the rover, streaming of real-time video, and sending telemetry data back to Earth
According to recent reports, Nokia has announced that it is partnering with NASA to launch the first-ever 4G mobile network on the moon.
The Finnish telecommunications company stated that the new network will use the 4G technology similar to what is available on Earth, allowing for better communication between lunar rovers, applications and astronauts, as well as streaming high-definition video directly from the moon’s surface.
Nokia expects that this will be the first step in creating a lunar communications infrastructure that will eventually support long-term human presence on the moon.
Marcus Weldon, the Chief Technology Officer at Nokia, said that the network will be able to re-establish communication between astronauts and Earth in real-time, breaking the delay that exists when space travel occurs beyond orbit.
Furthermore, the 4G network is only the beginning of Nokia’s ambitious plans for lunar innovation. The company is also exploring the potential of “ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end solutions” that will be capable of withstanding the harsh lunar conditions.
Nokia hopes that its plan will be approved by NASA, allowing for the launch of the lunar 4G network later this year. If successful, this could be a milestone in space exploration, and demonstrate how technology can help keep people connected, even in the most remote locations.
The potential for further developments will be enormous as it will enable scientists to conduct more extensive research and gather more accurate data about our solar system from different locations. As a result, the project has already gained significant attention from the space and technology industry, with many experts praising Nokia for its bold and futuristic move.