The ambition of Americans in mobile communication network is beyond the capacity of the earth. So, they took a fancy to the moon. Yes, NASA has decided to deploy the first 4G / LTE network on the earth's surface, and it may be upgraded to 5g in the future. For this reason, NASA chose a communication partner: Nokia.
NASA cooperation with Nokia comes from one of its names
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According to NASA's official statement, through "critical point" bidding, NASA seeks space technology for industrial development to promote the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit NASA's future missions. If the investment in the demonstration will significantly mature the technology, increase the possibility of investment in commercial space applications, and bring the technology to the market for government and commercial applications, the technology is considered to be at a critical point.
Simply put, NASA provides funding to use the power of enterprises to carry out technology research and development and breakthrough. This project has been going on for many years, but it is possible to fund projects in different directions in different years.
NASA posted a series of 2020s on its website on October 14,2020
NASA's space technology mission Council (STMD) will negotiate with these companies to issue landmark fixed price contracts for up to five years.
The famous Nokia is one of the selected companies.
Specifically, Nokia's US company in Sunnyvale, California, received $14.1 million from NASA.
Of course, in addition to Nokia USA, there are also companies funded by NASA, such as sapcex (with $53.2 million), and the United Launch Alliance (with $86.2 million).
Build 4G network on lunar surface
According to NASA's announcement, Nokia will deploy its first LTE / 4G communication system in space (mainly on the surface of the moon) through the $14.1 million project funding. The specific contents of the project are as follows:
Inspired by ground technology, Nokia plans to deploy its first LTE / 4G communication system in space. The system can support communication on the lunar surface over longer distances, increase speed and provide higher reliability than current standards.
So, how to achieve it? It is Nokia's Bell labs that has taken over the project, and Bell Labs is also an important institution under Nokia to carry out research and development of emerging technologies (mostly communication related).
On October 16, Bell Labs introduced its cooperation with NASA on its official twitter account and said the cooperation would pave the way for sustainable development of human beings on the surface of the moon.
According to Bell Labs, Nokia will build and deploy the first wireless network on the moon, starting with 4G / LTE, and then evolving to 5g; this network will cooperate with innovative machines and become the key communication structure of data transmission applications, including control of lunar rover, real-time navigation of lunar geography and high-definition video stream.
Intuitive Machines, a high-tech company based in houston, usa, focuses on autonomous systems research —— following a joint announcement by NASA and SpaceX in 2019 that a Intuitive Machine lander (robot) would be sent to the moon.
Bell Labs says:
The mission critical LTE network we have developed is specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space, as well as the huge vibration effects generated during launch and landing on the lunar surface.
It can be seen that the main obstacle to deploying 4G network on the moon is the complex environment on the lunar surface.
Bell Labs also said that this fully integrated cellular network meets the strict dimensions, weight and power limits of space payloads with the minimum shape size.
Not only that, according to Bell Labs, the mission will test the future of other mission deployments - and even the human habitation potential on the moon.
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Nokia's NASA subsidies are not groundless.
As a result, Nokia has already prepared for this - starting in March 2017.
In March 2017, some German volunteer scientists (ptscientists) said they would complete the world's first private lunar landing program in 2019, using space X's Falcon 9 rocket to send two lunar rovers to the lunar Apollo 17 human landing site, the ritzlo Canyon in Taurus.
As a result, because of the sandstorm on the moon, their plans to land on the moon had to use communication systems - at this time, Vodafone and Nokia decided to help them and work with them.
In February 2018, Vodafone announced that it and Nokia have jointly developed a communication system based on LTE and c-v2x (LTE extension planned for smart cars), which will allow each Rover and lander to become a base station and relay data to the lander as the rover drives into the valley.
In other words, the lander and both Rovers will maintain LAN connectivity through LTE ("lunar Lan").
worth mentioning, PTScientists also claims that the LTE network will also allow rovers to transmit hd video to earth by connecting landers to "Deep Space Networks".
At that time, Nokia also said in this cooperation:
Nokia will use its Bell Labs to develop a space efficient and ultra compact network - the lightest network base station ever It weighs less than a kilogram, like a bag of sugar.
It sounds awesome.
However, in July 2019, PTScientists declared bankruptcy, so-called
Now, this technology, which had no chance to be used before, is again in the eye of NASA.
4G to the moon, what do you think?
For the cooperation between NASA and Nokia, many netizens congratulated Bell lab in the comment area, and some netizens made fun of it. The netizen Prasad D
India has not yet covered enough 4G networks. It seems that Indian people are going to use 4G networks on the moon.
Future astronauts will receive spam and text messages - your computer is infected with a virus Please call us immediately.
Netizen kamran Rasul:
Well, when you're on the moon, you ca n' t use it any more