NASA has offered Nokia millions of dollars for the sole purpose of upgrading the moon’s cell service and bringing LTE connectivity to the moon.
On earth, companies are working on upgrading the cellular communication network from 4G to 5G, but NASA has awarded Nokia to erect 4G cellular communication network on the moon to make communication easier for astronauts.
Nokia has been known to have a strong interest in developing technology for lunar missions. The smart gadget manufacturing company has always been interested in the moon and its tech.
It will be remembered that in the year 2018, Nokia had been working on a system that is capable of bringing LTE connectivity to everyone’s valued huge gray rock (the moon). This is promising for astronauts in lunar surface missions especially for communicating at greater distances and increased speeds.
And to bring this goal and innovative vision into existence, NASA has now decided to offer Nokia 14.1 million dollars. This money is to cover the necessary expenses to make it possible for Nokia to bring LTE connectivity to the moon.
This project definitely pertains to Nokia erecting a 4G cellular communication network on the moon and is part of a series of new contracts that NASA is awarding for the main purpose of lunar surface research missions.
A total sum of $370 million is being awarded to companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance mainly with the objective of making the moon a place that astronauts will in the nearest future, say 2028, want to call home.
NASA wishes that the system would be able to “support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards.”
Nokia’s moon network should be able to support more favourable communication between lunar landers, rovers, and even astronauts. With the $14.1 million contract that has been awarded to Nokia, the company will evaluate current terrestrial technology and explore any possible improvements in order to make it attainable in the lunar environment.
This invention is great and would make research works on the moon quite easier but there might be flaws in the process. It is worthy of consideration that the previous time Nokia intended to test new technology on the moon, things did not work out as planned. The launch, which was slated for 2019, could not take place, and one of the companies that Nokia was working with at that time filed for bankruptcy protection.