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4G mobile network on the Moon

An astronaut, wandering in space, directly tweets her selfies with the rover. Another astronaut posts stunning shots of the Moon from space and also streams videos in the vacuum. Not fiction. This may soon be a reality!

In a rare solution to internet connectivity issues, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and Nokia are planning to set up a 4G network on the Moon.

Nokia’s research wing Bell Labs has been named by Nasa as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon. It has been granted $14.1 million for the project “to build and deploy the first wireless network on the moon, starting with 4G/LTE technologies and evolving to 5G”.

According to Nasa, the idea to install 4G/5G network on the Moon is inspired by “terrestrial technology”.

“Nokia proposes to deploy the first LTE/4G communications system in space. The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” Nasa says.

In a series of tweets, Bell Labs said: “To the moon! We are excited to have been named by Nasa as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the moon, to help pave the way towards a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.”

 

https://twitter.com/BellLabs/status/1316780501710102528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1316780501710102528%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3%2Ccontainerclick_0&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Fscience%2Fstory%2F4g-network-moon-nasa-nokia-to-make-real-time-navigation-video-streaming-possible-lunar-surface-1733014-2020-10-19

“Our pioneering innovations will be used to build and deploy the first wireless network on the moon, starting with 4G/LTE technologies and evolving to 5G,” it said in another tweet.

Calling it a “groundbreaking network”, Bell Labs said it will be the “critical communications fabric for data transmission applications, including the control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography, and streaming of high definition video.”

This LTE network has been specially designed to “withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space”, it said.

Moreover, it will also withstand the sizable vibrational impact during launch and landing on the lunar surface.

Bell Labs said, “This mission will validate the future of other operational deployments and the potential for human habitation on the moon.”

 

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