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. And to help future Moon residents communicate, plans are underway to build the first ever mobile network on the lunar surface. The project is worth 27.13 billion rupeesFor this project, NASA will provide $ 370 million (about 27.13 billion rupees) to many companies including Nokia.
Nokia will build the very first 4G LTE network on the Moon. That could give us stuck on Earth a much better shot of astronauts bouncing around on the lunar surface: Buzz Aldrin was a great cameraman, but he didn't have an iPhone. It will reportedly only be a 4G network (potentially bad news for gamers who love 5G), but at least it's a start.
The cellular network includes a base station, antennas, and operations and maintenance control software.
The solution is created to be extremely robust, and can withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space.
"Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface", Nokia's chief technology officer, Marcus Weldon, said. Nokia has said that this communication network will play a big role during NASA's Artemis mission. It will have to be sent to the moon in an extremely compact form to meet the stringent size, weight and power constraints of space payloads.
Others are also providing communications for lunar missions.
The public-private partnerships established through Tipping Point selections combine NASA resources with industry contributions, shepherding the development of critical space technologies.
Under Artemis, NASA will launch a mission to put a woman and a man on Mars as soon as 2024.
To this end, NASA has developed what it calls an advanced exploration extravehicular mobility unit, or xEMU, for humans to wear whilst on the harsh environment of the Moon's surface.