Nokia builds the first 4G communication network on the moon
The main manufacturer of the equipment that is going to be sent to the moon is the Bell Labs complex, located in the United States, but since 2016 under the ownership of Nokia has entered. Based on its innovations, this laboratory is going to complete the construction of the first solution to implement the LTE network on the surface of the moon by 2022. According to Nokia, this telecommunication equipment will be super-compressed, low-power, space-resistant and equipped with end-to-end encryption. Needless to say, Nokia is not alone in this way. In the mission of integrating this network in the lander and placing it on the surface of the moon, Nokia is going to cooperate with the space engineering company Intuitive Machines. It should be noted that sending this network equipment to the moon was without the presence of humans and according to Nokia’s claim, this equipment can stand up and configure itself after landing on the surface of the moon.
Maybe this question comes to mind, what is the need to establish a telecommunication network on the surface of the moon? In its “Artemis” program, NASA plans to send a human-carrying spacecraft (including the first woman to walk on the moon) to the moon by 2024. But surely, the Nokia network project is not planned only for astronauts to use Tiktok program (!). According to Nokia, once the 4G network is deployed on the moon, things like command and control functions, remote control of lunar probes, navigation, as well as high-quality video streaming will be possible. All these things are necessary for the long-term presence of humans on the surface of the moon.
According to Nokia, this The LTE network would be ideal for any type of activity that might be required of astronauts. Among these activities, we can mention audio and video communication capabilities, remote distance measurement, biometric data exchange, and finally the implementation and control of robotic and sensor shipments.
The network that Nokia is preparing to send to the moon consists of the following components: an LTE base station equipped with EPC (Evolved Packet Core) functions, LTE user equipment, radio frequency antennas and control software for operations and maintenance. and equipment maintenance. According to Nokia’s claim, this network equipment is designed in such a way that it can withstand the difficult conditions of launching and landing on the surface of the moon and continue working in the difficult and special situation of space. This network is very compact and compact in its kind, and it is made considering the limitations related to size, weight and energy in space cargo.
A week ago, NASA announced that it plans to distribute 370 million dollars between 14 companies to provide the so-called Tipping Point technologies – which are necessary to carry out the mission of sending humans to the moon. . These technologies include things like robotics and new ways to exploit the resources needed for life on the moon (like oxygen and energy sources). Thus, signing a $14.1 million contract with Nokia, It is only a small part of NASA’s investment. According to some sources, NASA’s major investment is in companies that research in the field of cryogenics propellants. The purpose of this movement is to be able to freeze the liquid fuel needed by spacecraft.
At the end, it should be mentioned that, according to Nokia, this network is upgradeable and can be upgraded to 5G network in the future.