In order to achieve the goal of establishing a lunar base in 2028 and ultimately maintaining human survival on the moon, NASA has provided more than 12 companies with a $370 million reward to deploy technology on the lunar surface. These innovations include remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics, safer landing… and 4G. Because will astronauts use other ways to tweet their moon golf photos and moon rover selfies?
NASA said that compared with the current radio standards on the moon, 4G can provide more reliable long-distance communications. Like on earth, 4G networks will eventually be upgraded to 5G.
Bell Labs received $1
4.1 million for this project. Bell Labs, previously operated by AT&T, will work with aerospace engineering company Intuitive Machines to build a 4G-LTE network.
John Oliver joked that CNN parent company American Telephone and Telegraph Company (T) In addition to this, 4G may work better on the moon than here-it won’t have any trees, buildings or TV signals interfering with 4G signals. The Moon’s cellular network will also be specifically designed to withstand the peculiarities of the Moon’s surface: extreme temperatures, radiation and the vacuum of space. Even if the rocket visibly shakes the lunar surface, it will remain functional during the lunar landing and launch.
Bell Labs said that astronauts will use its wireless network for data transmission, control the lunar rover, navigate the lunar geography in real time (think Google Maps on the moon) and high-definition video streaming. This allows us to better take pictures of astronauts bouncing on the surface of the moon on Earth: Buzz Aldrin is an excellent photographer, but he does not have an iPhone.
The 4G networks on earth are supported by huge cellular towers and a large number of generators and radios. However, Bell Labs helped develop the small cell technology, which has a wider range, but uses much less power than traditional cell towers, and is easier to install on rocket ships. This small cell technology is currently being deployed for 5G networks worldwide.