The project, for which Nokia will be paid $14.1 million, aims to create the lunar communications infrastructure necessary for voice and video calls, data transmission, robotic controls, and real-time navigation-think Google Maps, but for astronauts. Nokia will partner with Intuitive Machines to deliver a low-power, space-hardened, self-configuring LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022.
The network will be adapted to the moon's unique climate, and will be able to withstand extreme temperatures, radiation, and even rocket landings and launches, which vibrate the moon's surface.
NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon.
"This fully integrated cellular network meets the stringent size, weight, and power constraints of space payloads in the smallest possible form factor".
But this time, the astronauts will be there to stay, with Nasa planning to establish a "sustainable" human presence by 2028.
Nokia's space LTE will be a fun experiment to track as it progresses.
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NASA has given Nokia and over a dozen other companies a portion of $370 million as part of its 2020 NASA Tipping Point competition, as originally reported by Mashable.
However, this will not be Nokia's first attempt at setting up the Lunar LTE network.
Marcus Weldon who is the Chief Technology Officer at Nokia and also the President of Nokia Bell Labs said that Nokia will leverage its rich and successful history of working in space technologies in various capacities.
Nokia has actually been chosen by NASA to construct the very first cellular network on the Moon..
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In another tweet, they said that the pioneering innovations would be used for building and deploying the first wireless network at the Moon which will start with 4G/LTE technologies and will later evolve to 5G. Adhering to the highest ethical standards, we transform how people live, work and communicate.