Bell Labs, terming it as a "groundbreaking network" stated that it would be the critical communications fabric for data transmission applications which includes the control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation of lunar geography and video streaming in high definition.
Nokia says that its LTE network is flawless for any activity that astronauts might need it for including "voice and video communications capabilities, telemetry and biometric data exchange, and deployment and control of robotic and sensor payloads". It also said that the network will enable the video and voice communication capabilities, telemetry and biometric data exchange during the mission.
NASA hopes the system could "support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards". Weldon also said that by partaking in the ARTEMIS mission and building the wireless network solution on the Moon, the company is planting the flag for pioneering innovations beyond the conventional limits. This will include an LTE base station, user equipment and RF antennas, all created to endure the physical demands of launching, landing and operating in space. The solution has been specially created to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing and to operate in the extreme conditions of space. The manufacturer is the second-largest networking equipment supplier to Huawei. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but the company has taken a very keen interest in developing technology for lunar missions. The Finnish company was selected as a partner for the space agency's Tipping Point programme, which funds technologies at the cutting edge of space exploration.
The space agency is seeking to accelerate the development new technologies for living and working on the moon in order to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
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