Nokia says it has been chosen by the American house company NASA to construct the first cellular cellphone community on the moon.
The Finnish know-how firm lately introduced that its Nokia Bell Labs division will construct the lunar communications system. It stated NASA will put the tools on a lunar lander. The spacecraft is anticipated to attain the moon’s floor in late 2022.
Nokia’s announcement comes as the house company continues preparations for sending astronauts to the moon by 2024. NASA’s Artemis program goals to set up a long-term human presence on the moon as a “warm-up” for future missions to the planet Mars.
Earlier this month, NASA introduced it had awarded $370 million to 14 firms to present know-how for the moon-landing program. The cash will assist research of cryogenic fluid administration and applied sciences associated to power storage and energy manufacturing on the moon’s floor.
The house company additionally signed a deal for the improvement and testing of improved lunar touchdown methods. And it’s in search of personal firms to mine rocks and other resources on the moon.
The Nokia settlement was included in NASA’s newest awards to personal firms. The house company stated it’s paying the firm $14.1 million to construct the cellular community.
Nokia stated its community will present important communications for work astronauts will want to carry out on the moon. This will embody distant management of lunar automobiles and different tools, real-time navigation actions and high-quality video streaming.
The tools features a base station, antennas and laptop software program packages. All the tools can be designed to survive tough launches, lunar landings and excessive circumstances in house.
Nokia stated the tools is designed to configure, or arrange, the 4G/LTE communications community on its personal. Marcus Weldon is Nokia’s chief know-how officer. Weldon stated he sees the 4G/LTE system as a necessity to assist “a sustainable human presence on the lunar floor.”
The firm determined to use 4G as a substitute of 5G, the newest cellular know-how, as a result of 4G has been out there longer and confirmed its reliability.
Nokia stated its long-term purpose is to transfer the moon community to 5G know-how in the future.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
The Associated Press and Reuters reported on this story. Bryan Lynn tailored the studies for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
Words in This Story
cellular – adj. in a position to be moved freely or simply
mission – n. an essential activity, normally involving journey someplace
cryogenic – adj. associated to the scientific research of very low temperatures and the way to produce them
administration – n. the management and group of one thing
distant – adj. distant in distance
navigation – n. the motion and main of issues, similar to ships or automobiles
streaming – n. the exercise of listening to or watching sound or video immediately from the web
antenna – n. a construction fabricated from metallic rods or wires, usually positioned on high of a constructing or automobile, that receives or sends radio or tv indicators
sustainable – adj. in a position to proceed over a time period
reliability – n. the capability to be trusted or believed