NASA and Nokia have teamed up to put a 4G network to the moon.
As per the details, NASA has awarded $370 million to several companies to deploy the technology on the lunar surface. Nasa’s goal is to build a lunar base and sustain a human presence on the moon.
According to the international news agency, this technology includes remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics, safer landing … and 4G.
Nokia’s Bell Labs was given $14.1 million for the project. Bell Labs by AT&T will work with spaceflight engineering company Intuitive Machines to build out the 4G-LTE network.
NASA says 4G could offer more reliable, longer-distance communication than the current radio standards in place on the moon. The 4G technology is likely to be upgraded to 5G.
Bell Labs said astronauts will use its wireless network for data transmission, controlling of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography (think Google Maps for the moon), and streaming of high-definition video.
The contract between NASA and Nokia has been made to achieve support for communication on earth with a greater distance and speed. The company aims to offer reliable and stronger connections over the moon.
This 4G connection will permit astronauts to communicate effectively. It will also be good for vehicles when NASA will set a base of its own on the moon in the future. The network will be made compatible with the environment of the moon.