The agency intends to ensure fast communication between the bases on the Moon, the successor of the International Space Station, i.e. the Lunar Space Port and the surface of the Earth. Although the space Internet called Starlink by SpaceX is being built in orbit at lightning pace, it is not intended for such operations at this point.
NASA has allocated over $ 14 million to change this reality. Nokia, which has extensive experience not only in building mobile devices, but also in creating the future of 5G networks, will help in this. Within 2 years, Nokia is to develop advanced technologies needed to build the first 4G LTE space network.
The agency plans to first connect the mobile bases on the moon where the colonizers will live. The plan involves the construction of several research and mining centers on the surface of our planet's natural satellite. Their efficient functioning is to take place through a fast network of information exchange. A 4G network is all you need for a good start, and then it's time for 5G.
Recently, engineers at NASA and MIT conducted the first tests of such technology. They used four telescopes in New Mexico and one of the satellites in Earth's orbit. The signal was transmitted by laser in the form of coded infrared pulses. Four telescopes sent web guides best signal with a total strength of 40 watts. In this way, scientists created an access point on the lunar surface with a download of 19.44 Mbps and an upload of 622 Mbps.