Of all the places to install a 4G or 5G network tower, you would think that the rural areas of Earth would be the right choice. Some people needed to climb trees to get a proper signal to study and take their exams.
Instead, Nokia and NASA are planning to get a 4G network set up… on the moon.
The goal is to build an ultra-compact, low-powered, space-harden 4G network on the moon’s surface for humans in 2030. It will be part of the space agency’s Artemis programme which will send a man and the first woman to the moon by 2024.
Experiments and explorations will be carried out by the astronauts in hopes to build the first human colony on the moon. It will be constructed remotely using a lunar hopper by late 2022.
NASA said, “The network will self-configure upon deployment,” and that the technology will allow “vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video.”
The space agency announced recently that it would be distributing US$370 million to 14 companies for the development of new robotics and methods of harvesting resources for living on the moon like oxygen and energy sources.
Most of the funding went into researching cryogenic propellants and freezing liquids used for fuel in spacecraft.
Nokia also noted that the 4G equipment it’s planning to install can be upgraded to 5G easily in the future.
Just remember, the next time your phone’s signal is low try point it up to the moon, you might get an extra bar of signal.
ที่มา : Mashable