Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Nokia awarded contract to build 4G network on the moon

Nokia is working to bring 4G networks to the moon NASA taps Nokia to bring LTE to the Moon
Sandy Nunez | 18 October, 2020, 18:12

No Twitter on the moon, no Instagram on the moon' well.

Cellular service on the moon could support communication between lunar landers, rovers, habitats and astronauts, said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.

NASA has picked 14 United States companies, including several small businesses, as partners and awarded them Dollars 370 million in total to develop a range of technologies that will help forge a path to sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade. Keeping this in mind, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made a decision to partner with Nokia's research arm Bell Labs to set up 4G LTE connectivity on the Moon.

Nokia is working to bring 4G networks to the moon
Nokia To Roll Out 4G on the Moon Using $14.1 Million NASA Fund

It seems that Nokia some sort of obsession with the moon or extraterrestrial communications. NASA has thoughtfully selected a handful of 14 American companies along with several small businesses to develop a varied range of technologies that will assist and ensure the success of Artemis operations on Moon. NASA intends to finish the project by the end of the decade. NASA has chosen 14 small USA companies as partners to develop the technology. Hence, only Nokia of American Corporation will be receiving the cheque of $14.1 million.

So why is NASA spending so much for the moon?

The project is part of a $370m string of contracts issued by NASA as it readies for a return to the moon in 2024. According to United Press International, Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator in a live broadcast said that the NASA must quickly develop new technologies for living and working on the moon if it wants to realise its goal to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028. For this, it collaborated with PTScientists which is a German space firm, and Vodafone UK, but unfortunately, that plan doesn't come in reality. Their technology will be even more reliable than earth standards and the network will reach greater distances at super-high speeds.

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