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Nokia wins NASA contract to put 4G network on moon

San Francisco, October 18

NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G mobile community on the moon.

The grant is a part of $370 million value of contracts signed beneath NASA’s “Tipping Level” choices, meant to advance analysis and improvement for house exploration.

“The system may help lunar floor communications at larger distances, elevated speeds and supply extra reliability than present requirements,” NASA famous in its contract award announcement.

In accordance with United Press Worldwide, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a stay broadcast mentioned the house company should rapidly develop new applied sciences for residing and dealing on the moon if it needed to grasp its aim to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028.

“We’d like energy methods that may final a very long time on the floor of the moon, and we want habitation functionality on the floor,” Bridenstine mentioned.

Nokia’s analysis arm, Bell Labs, supplied extra particulars in a Twitter thread. The corporate intends for the community to help the wi-fi operation of lunar rovers and navigation, in addition to streaming video.

“Working with our companions at @Int_Machines, this groundbreaking community would be the crucial communications material for information transmission purposes, together with the management of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography and streaming of high-definition video,” Bell Labs mentioned in a tweet.

This isn’t Nokia’s first try to launch an LTE community on the moon. It was deliberate to do that in 2018 in collaboration with PTScientists, a German house firm, and Vodafone UK to launch an LTE community on the web site of the Apollo 17 touchdown, however the mission by no means received off the bottom. IANS

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