Nokia says the US space agency, NASA, chose to build the first one Mobile Phone network on the moon.
The Finnish technology company recently announced that Nokia’s Bell Labs division will build a lunar communications system. NASA will put instruments in the lunar lander. The spacecraft is expected to reach the lunar surface by the end of 2022.
Nokia has announced that the space agency is preparing to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. NASA Artemis Program It aims to establish a long-term human presence on the moon as a “warm-up” to the future Missions To Mars.
Earlier this month, NASA announced that it had paid $ 370 million to 14 companies to provide technology for the lunar landing program. Money will support learning Cryogenic Liquid Management And technologies related to energy storage and production on the lunar surface.
The space agency has signed an agreement for the development and testing of improved lunar landing systems. It is looking for private companies My rocks and other resources On the moon.
The Nokia deal is one of NASA’s latest awards for private companies. The space agency said it would pay the company $ 14.1 million to build the mobile network.
Nokia says its network will provide critical communication to astronauts who need to perform on the moon. This will include Remote Control of lunar vehicles and other equipment, live Navigation Activities and high quality video Streaming.
The device includes a base station, Antenna Computer software programs. All equipment will be designed to survive difficult launches, lunar landings, and extreme conditions in space.
Nokia says the devices are designed to set up or set up its own 4G / LTE communication network. Marcus Weldon is Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer. Weldon said he sees the need to support 4G / LTE Sustainable Human presence on the lunar surface. ”
The company has decided to use 4G instead of the latest mobile technology, 5G, as 4G has been available for a long time and has been proven Reliability.
Nokia says its long-term goal is to transform the lunar network into 5G technology in the future.
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Words in this story
Mobile – adj. Can be moved freely or easily
Mission – n. An important task usually involves traveling somewhere
Cryogenic – adj. Related to scientific studies of very low temperatures and how they are produced
Management – n. Control and organization of something
Remote – adj. It’s too far
Navigation – n. Movement and movement of things like ships or vehicles
Streaming – n. Activity of listening or watching audio or video directly from the Internet
Antenna – n. A structure made of metal rods or wires placed on top of a building or vehicle that receives or transmits radio or television signals
Sustainable – adj. Can continue for a certain period of time
Reliability – n. The ability to believe or not to believe