Nokia 4G and 5G network construction on the moon

16. 10. 2020 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

We are delighted that NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, has chosen to build the first wireless network on the moon’s surface with our pioneering technologies from 4G / LTE to 5G.

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) - NASA is funding Nokia's $ 14.1 million project to build a 4G mobile communications network on the moon, the space agency announced.

The project was part of a new $ 370 million contract for lunar exploration missions announced by NASA on Wednesday. Most of the money went to big space companies like SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance to improve techniques for producing and handling rocket propulsion in space.

The following thematic selections are based on NASA's Fifth Competitive Tipping Point offer and are expected to total more than $ 370 million. NASA's Space Mission Directorate (STMD) is negotiating milestone-based, fixed-price contracts with companies for up to five years.

“We need energy systems that can hold the surface of the moon for a long time, and we need a place to live on the surface,” Bridenstine said.

Nokia in North America has received a contract for the lunar communications project. The Finnish parent company, Nokia, has a US subsidiary. Nokia and British company Vodafone have announced that they will hold a Moon mission in 2018. They plan to launch Audi-made landers and rovers using a SpaceX rocket.

Nokia did not answer questions about the planned landing site for the company’s first mission. NASA has not decided on the landing site for the agency’s Artemis missions, but Bridenstine reiterated on Wednesday that the target is near water-ice deposits on the moon-south corner.

The contracts are aimed at NASA’s Tipping Point program, which funds technologies that, if successfully demonstrated, are likely to be used by the private industry.

“We want to build the [moon] infrastructure that will enable international partnership for the largest, broadest, most diverse inclusive coalition of researchers and explorers in human history,” Bridenstine said.

Other technologies funded on Wednesday include the demonstration of lunar surface power generation and energy storage.

Houston-based Intuitive machines, for example, are developing a "bouncing robot" capable of launching and transporting small loads from one lunar location to another.

And also based in Houston, Alpha Space is creating a small laboratory that could land on the surface of the Moon and allow researchers to study how extreme temperatures and radiation affect materials and electronics

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