NASA is launching a 4G phone network — on the mooooon!

Astronaut Scott Carpenter talks with President Kennedy upon getting back from area in 1962.


It is one small step for phones, one large leap for phonekind: NASA and Nokia are planning the primary mobile community on the Moon.

Finnish telephone firm Nokia has introduced it is working with the US area administration to construct a 4G LTE community for moonwalkers by late 2022. In addition to voice communication and sending information, the cell community might energy navigation, stream biometric information so controllers can keep watch over every astronaut’s well being and health, and distant management robots and sensors on the lunar floor.

It is part of NASA’s Artemis program, supposed to ascertain a sustainable base on the lunar floor by 2028. A number of firms have been contracted by NASA in offers including as much as greater than $370 million.

Nokia is finest recognized for making numerous much-loved early cell phones (and Snake, the sport loaded on these telephones), however the firm can also be large in back-end communication gear from cell towers to satellites. Largely utilizing off-the-shelf commercially accessible tech resembling light-weight 4G base stations, Nokia guarantees the lunar community might be “ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE.” It can even be upgraded to 5G in time. Thrilling information for moonwalkers; presumably a bit annoying for anybody who cannot get a sign proper right here on Earth.

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Richard Trenholm