The struggle over the moon landing became a reality in the last century. Two big powers USA and then-USSR, worked tirelessly to step on the moon. While it was Soviet Union’s Luna 2, the first human-made object that touched the moon’s surface in 1959, the United States of America’s Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft that landed on the moon on 20 July 1969.
Neil Armstrong followed by Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon; both walked on the moon for 3 hours.
And so began man’s struggle to explore more of space. Now, thousands of satellites circling the earth. There’s International Space Station, where more than 50 crew members stay and do the research work.
Human presence in space has been increasing more than ever, and the U.S space agency has plans to establish man’s presence on the moon by 2030. And so the needs arise for different services. Had you ever thought about 4G on the moon?
Well, in a recent event, Nokia, a Finnish equipment manufacturing company, said it was awarded a contract by NASA to install an ‘ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened‘ wireless 4G network on the moon surface.
The Nokia NASA contract, which is worth $14.1 million, is part of NASA’s Astermis program. It aims to send the first woman on the moon by 2024. Experts say Nokia took the lead as it announced its entrance into a new market to install the first cellular network on the moon.
A question comes to mind, how’d a company like Nokia install its equipment on the moon? Nokia responds to it, saying the network equipment will be remotely installed on the moon with the help of a lunar hopper that Intuitive Machines built.
Answering how the setup will work, the firm said, “The network will self-configure upon deployment.” The statement further states that the wireless space-hardened technology would have ‘vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation, and streaming of high definition video.’
Not limited to 4G on the Moon, Nokia said the equipment could be updated to another fast and more advanced 5G in the coming future. Meanwhile, the 4G network equipment will be installed on the moon in 2022.