To achieve its goal of building a lunar base in 2028 and ultimately maintaining a human presence on the moon, NASA has allocated $ 370 million to more than a dozen lunar surface technology companies. These innovations include remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics, safer landing … and 4G. Because how else will astronauts write their lunar photos of golf and selfies on a lunar rover?
NASA says 4G can provide more reliable communication over longer distances than current radio standards on the moon. As on Earth, the 4G network will eventually be upgraded to 5G.
On Nokia (ENOUGH) Bell Labs received $ 14.1 million for the project. Bell Labs, formerly operated by AT&T, will partner with space flight engineering company Intuitive Machines to build the 4G-LTE network.
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aside, 4G will probably work better on the moon than here – there will be no trees, buildings or TV signals interfering with the 4G signal. The cell network of the Moon will also be specially designed to withstand the peculiarities of the lunar surface: extreme temperature, radiation and cosmic vacuum. It will also remain functional during moon landings and launches, although the rockets vibrate significantly on the moon’s surface.
Bell Labs said the astronauts will use their wireless network to transmit data, control lunar rovers, navigate real-time over lunar geography (consider Google Maps for the Moon) and stream high-definition video. This could give us stuck on Earth much better pictures of astronauts bouncing on the lunar surface: Buzz Aldrin was a great operator, but he didn’t have an iPhone.
The Earth’s 4G network is supported by giant cell towers with huge power generators and radios. But Bell Labs has helped create small-cell technology that is more limited in scope but uses far less energy than traditional cell towers and is significantly easier to pack in a rocket ship. This small cell technology is currently used for 5G networks around the world.