Cell service may quickly be out of this world.
NASA has awarded Nokia a $14.1 million-dollar contract to carry astronauts the first mobile network on the moon, the house company introduced.
The mobile firm will launch a 4G/LTE network earlier than finally upgrading the system to the newest know-how of 5G, according to its innovation arm Bell Labs.
Cellular knowledge capabilities on the moon will assist with higher controlling lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography, in addition to streaming high-definition video, the firm mentioned.
“This mission will validate the way forward for different operational deployments and the potential for human habitation on the moon,” Bell Labs mentioned.
But bringing cell service to new heights has been no small enterprise.
“The mission-critical LTE network we’ve developed has been specifically designed to face up to the excessive temperature, radiation and vacuum circumstances of house, in addition to the sizable vibrational influence throughout launch and touchdown on the lunar floor,” the firm mentioned.
NASA’s grant was a part of $370 million value of contracts signed beneath the company’s “Tipping Point” program, which goals to assist analysis for a spread of applied sciences to enhance house exploration.
“We are excited to see our investments and collaborative partnerships result in new applied sciences for the Moon and past whereas additionally benefiting the industrial sector,” mentioned Jim Reuter, who’s NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Technology.