Nokia and NASA will launch a 4G network on the moon

The project will cost more than $ 14 million

NASA has approved funding for Nokia’s 4G mobile network project on the moon. Experts estimate that the cost of building the infrastructure will be about $ 14.1 million, reports HighTech.

The agency’s plans include connecting mobile bases on the moon, where the colonizers will live. Specialists will create several research and mining centers there. Their functioning will also depend on the high-speed data exchange network, which is why researchers want to use 4G, but soon they plan to switch to 5G. They recently tested this technology and said that its functionality would be suitable for the Moon.

During the tests, researchers used four telescopes in New Mexico and one of the satellites in Earth orbit. The signal was transmitted by a laser in the form of encoded infrared pulses. The telescopes were able to send a signal of 40 watts. The scientists obtained an access point on the moon’s surface with a download speed of 19.44 Mbps and a transfer rate of 622 Mbps.

“The system could communicate with the lunar surface over long distances, at higher speeds and provide greater reliability than required by current standards,” NASA said in a statement.

The presence of cellular communication on the Moon can provide communication between astronauts, ATVs, employees’ homes, scientists said.

“We want to present a [monthly] infrastructure that will create an international partnership for the broadest and most diverse coalition of researchers in human history,” the space agency said.

The agency will also fund devices for the production and storage of energy on the lunar surface. Scientists will present a “jumping robot” that will be able to launch and transfer small payloads from one site to another.

Earlier, Vodafone and Nokia planned to create a 4G mobile connection on the moon. Especially for this purpose, they wanted to deliver equipment to the Earth’s satellite, which, as the mission staff stated, “weighs less than a package of sugar.” It was to transmit high-definition data streams from the lunar landscape to Earth.