(ORDO NEWS) — The competition for the implementation of this project was announced by the NASA Space Technology Administration.
The well-known company Nokia plans to expand its presence and deploy a communications network on the moon.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the start of the 5th Tipping Point competition, which will provide more than $ 370 million from the budget for a number of projects.
One of the participants in the competition, which offers solutions in different areas, will be Nokia of America Corporation from Sunnyvale, California, which has announced its readiness to deploy a cellular network on the Moon for $ 14.1 million. reports NASA official website.
“Inspired by terrestrial technology, Nokia is proposing to deploy the first LTE / 4G communications system in space. The communications network will be able to support communications on the lunar surface over long distances, increased speeds than existing standards, and will provide greater reliability than existing solutions, ”the company said.
The timing of the project has not yet been announced. It is expected that the lunar communication from Nokia may be involved in the implementation of the Artemis program, which should return humanity to the lunar surface. Recall that the Artemis III mission, which is to end with the landing of astronauts on the lunar surface, is scheduled for 2024.
Before that , two more launches will take place – in 2021 Artemis I, within which the European Service Module (ESM) for the manned spacecraft Orion will be launched using the Space Launch System (SLS) super-heavy launch vehicle and will spend a total of three weeks in space , and then will have to return to Earth (here the ship will be tested for entering the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed – its thermal protection will be tested), and in 2023, during Artemis II, they are going to fly around the Moon on the ECM with a crew on board.
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