NASA recently hired the Finnish telecommunications company and provided a $ 14.1 million fund to build a 4G network on the moon.
This contract is between NASA and
a support for communication on the earth’s surface at greater distances and faster speeds is to be achieved. The company is committed to creating a very strong and reliable connection across the moon, and this is a far-sighted goal to be achieved for the benefit of people when the moon is inhabited.
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This 4G network will not only allow astronauts to communicate effectively and efficiently, it will also benefit vehicles in the future when NASA sets up its own base on the moon. The network must be completely modified so that it is highly compatible with the environment around the moon and has additional properties in terms of reliability and durability.
In the past, when the Apollo missions were conducted, scientists and astronauts used radio communication methods, base stations, transmitters, and relays on Earth via NASA’s “S-band” at a frequency of 2 to 4 GHz. Now scientists are planning a deeper cellular network for connectivity between surfaces and within the surface.
If you are wondering why the 4G network is being considered for this purpose and not 5G, the answer is simple. With 5G networks, the signals have a shorter range and can only cover short distances. This means that more base stations have to be installed for effective communication.
On the other hand, in terms of the first few days on the moon, the 4G network is more functional with less infrastructure and fewer base stations are required.
It all sounds so fascinating that it is difficult to understand that this is no longer a fantasy and that one day we may even get a 5G or 6G on the moon and that one day we will actually live on the lunar surface while we go on living on Earth!
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