NASA And Nokia Aims To Bring The Internet To The Moon
NASA is set to begin a massive project which aims to bring the internet to as far as the moon. The project is to be deployed on the surface of the moon by late 2022.
As part of preparations for this one of a kind project, technology giants Nokia has been chosen by NASA to design the first cellular network on the moon.
The end-to-end 4G/LTE solution will be ultra-compact, meeting specific parameters necessary to operate in space. It will also be solid enough for space, able to withstand the harsh conditions of launching and lunar landing. Power is also a factor, thus it was designed to use low power. In order to successfully implement the project, Nokia will create a system that will self-configure after being deployed, and then establish the unique first LTE connection to the moon.
Successfully implementing the internet system will ensure critical communication capabilities for different data transmission will be possible. It will then be much easier to remotely control lunar rovers, use vital command and control functions, and even have real-time navigation and streaming of high-definition video, among many other exciting possibilities, aiding the presence of human on the lunar surface for a long time.
Nokia’s chief technology officer, Marcus Weldon said of the project: “leveraging our rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite communication to discovering the cosmic microwave background radiation produced by the big bang, we are now building the first ever cellular communications network on the moon”.
- date publishedNovember 27, 2020
- original sourceDesign Boom