Nokia awarded contract to build 4G network on the moon
Oct 20 2020
Already in 2018, Nokia joined the German research company PTScientnts for the exact same goal - the establishment of a cellular network on the moon - but the same project did not progress. This is the fifth Tipping Point competition and one of the highlights of this latest edition was the $14.1 million awarded to Nokia so that the cellphone company can build a 4G cellular network on the moon.
Finland tech infrastructure company Nokia has been selected by Nasa to build the first mobile network on the moon, the company said today. Weldon also said that by partaking in the ARTEMIS mission and building the wireless network solution on the Moon, the company is planting the flag for pioneering innovations beyond the conventional limits. Nokia has been working on a project to introduce 4G networks on the Moon.
Nokia released more details of its involvement after an announcement last week by NASA, which said it was giving the company's USA unit $14.1 million for the network.
According to a report by United Press International, the system developed by Nokia can help better distance, quicker velocity and higher communication on the lunar floor. Nokia tries to go through with a similar project in the past but was unsuccessful, but now NASA has shaken hands with Nokia and funded $14.1 million to go through with the project.
Bridenstine said,"We need power systems that can last a long time on the surface of the moon, and we need habitation capability on the surface".
"With funding from NASA, Nokia will look at how to adapt terrestrial technology to the lunar environment to support reliable, high-speed communications", said James Reuter, NASA's Associate Administrator.
Apparently, the cellular network on the moon will be designed specially to endure the challenges of the lunar surface, including radiation, the extreme temperature and the vacuum in space.
Nokia said Nasa aims to establish operations on the Moon as a future launch site for an expedition to Mars by the end of this decade.
To carry out the effort, Nokia is to partner with US-based space product and services firm Intuitive Machines.