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Nokia Announce Its Expansion In Market Installing First Cellular Network On Moon

For so long, we humans have fantasised about colonizing the Moon, dreamed about what life might look like, sketched plans to build launching pads, habitats, and what not.

It has been 50 years since first lunar landing, and still, it remains a dream. Sad times, we live in! However, various activities are conducted by multiple space agencies worldwide to explore and develop technologies to help us forge ahead as a space-faring species.

In this regard, in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Nokia announced its expansion into a new market – ‘Moon’ after acquiring a deal to install the first LTE/4G cellular network on the Moon.

The contract awarded to Nokia Bell Labs comes as a part of NASA’s Artemis program, the US government-funded crewed spaceflight program that has the goal of landing “the first woman and the next man” on the Moon by 2024.

According to NASA, through the “Tipping Point” solicitation, the agency seeks industry-developed space technologies that foster development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions.

Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Nokia, will build the first low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022.

Nokia is partnering with Intuitive Machines for this mission to deliver the equipment to the Moon on their lunar lander.

The company says that the network will self-configure upon deployment and establish the Moon’s first LTE communications system.

This network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications — vital command and control functions, real-time navigation, and high definition video streaming.

According to the Finnish company, its LTE network – 5G is ideally suited for providing wireless connectivity for any activity that would enable astronauts need to carry out, enabling voice and video communications capabilities, and biometric data exchange as well as deployment and control of robotic and sensor payloads.

Nokia plans to supply commercial LTE products, provide technology to expand LTE’s commercialization, and pursue space applications of LTE’s successor technology, 5G.

Written By- Mousami Jena
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