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Nokia secures NASA funding to set up 4G on the Moon

Nokia secures NASA funding to set up 4G on the Moon”

For a base to create on the Moon for future Mars mission, astronauts will need a better communication network than the current standard in space. Keeping this in mind, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made a decision to partner with Nokia's research arm Bell Labs to set up 4G LTE connectivity on the Moon.

The grant is part of United States dollars 370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. According to the report, the American space agency has awarded Nokia of the USA $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the earth's natural satellite. Moreover, this won't be the company's first attempt to introduce 4G LTE on the lunar surface.

NASA has selected 14 American companies, including Many small businesses, As partners to develop a suite of technologies that will help shape a pathway for Artemis' sustainable operations on the Moon by the end of the decade.

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This all sounds so fascinating that it makes it hard to comprehend that this is no longer a fantasy and we may actually get a 5G or 6G on the moon one day too and that we may actually inhabit the surface of the moon someday as we live on earth! Companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance get the major share of $53.2 million and $86.2 million respectively. In addition, this could also help the agency to communicate with the spacecraft. While there aren't details about the timeline of this project becoming a reality, it's all in support of NASA's goal of having a lunar base on the moon by 2028, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in the broadcast. It planned to do so in 2018 in collaboration with PTScientists, a German space firm, and Vodafone UK to launch an LTE network at the site of the Apollo 17 landing but the plan never came to fruition.

Still, the first time that Nokia started a similar project was a couple of years ago.



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