Nokia says it was first selected by the US space agency NASA Mobile Phone network on the moon.
The Finnish technology company recently announced that its Nokia Bell Labs division will build a lunar communications system. It states that NASA will place the equipment on a lunar lander. The spacecraft is expected to reach the lunar surface by the end of 2022.
Nokia’s announcement comes as the space agency continues to prepare to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. Of NASA Artemis program The goal is to establish a long-term human presence on the moon as a “warmth” for the future Mission To Mars.
Earlier this month, NASA announced that it had paid 37 370 million to 14 companies to provide technology for the lunar landing program. Money will help in the study Cryogenic Liquid Management And technologies related to energy storage and power generation on the lunar surface.
The space agency also signed a deal to develop and test better lunar landing systems. And it’s looking for private companies My rock and other resources On the moon.
The Nokia deal was included in the new awards given to NASA’s new companies. The space agency said it was paying the company .1 14.1 million to build the mobile network.
Nokia said its network would provide critical communication for the work astronauts would need to perform on the moon. It will include Remote Control of lunar vehicles and other equipment Navigation Activities and high-quality video Streaming.
The equipment includes a base station, Antenna And computer software programs. All equipment will be designed to avoid difficult launches, lunar landings and space extremes.
Nokia said the devices are designed to automatically configure or set up a 4G / LTE communication network. Marcus Weldon is Nokia’s chief technology officer. Weldon said he sees the 4G / LTE system as a need for support. Enabled Human presence on the surface of the moon. ”
The company decided to use 4G instead of 5G, the latest mobile technology, as 4G has been available for a long time and proves it. Reliability.
Nokia says its long-term goal is to move the moon network to 5G technology in the future.
I’m Brian Lynn.
The Associated Press and Reuters reported on the story. Brian Lynn reports from VOA Learning English. George Gro was the editor.
Words in this story
Mobile – adj. Able to move independently or easily
Mission – n. An important task, usually involving travel somewhere
Cryogenic – adj. Related to the scientific study of very low temperatures and how to produce them
Management – n. Control and organization of something
Remote – adj. At a great distance
Navigation – n. Leading movements and objects, such as ships or vehicles
Streaming – n. Activity for listening or watching audio or video directly from the Internet
Antenna – N. A structure made of metal bars or wires, often on top of a building or vehicle, that receives or transmits radio or television signals.
Enabled – adj. Able to continue over a period of time
Reliability – n. The ability to trust or be trusted