Despite the fairly good development of cellular communications and mobile Internet, on Earth there are still many places, where to get in touch is not so simple. In this regard, Nokia's intention to deploy on the moon a point of communication standard 4G may look like an unnecessary waste of funds. But in fact, this space mission can be a small step for Nokia and a huge step for the whole of humanity.
In 2019 a group of engineers from Germany called PTScientists planned to launch a reconnaissance vehicle on the Moon with the aid of SpaceX Falcon 9. The purpose of the expedition is the landing of the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) at a location not far from the landing site of the Apollo 11. In the course of this mission, the module will deliver 2 lunar rovers to the Audi lunar Quattro, which will have to explore the landing area and drive to Lunar Rover, lennogo during the mission Apollo 11.
This is where the game comes and Nokia. The fact is that the lunar rovers of the Audi lunar Quattro are extremely small and lightweight devices (their weight is about 30 kilograms), which imposes certain restrictions on the size of the onboard batteries, transmitters and other equipment. In addition, high energy costs are required to transmit good quality signals over long distances.
To solve the problems described above, Nokia specialists began developing an Ultra Compact Network base station with low power consumption. Thanks to her on the moon will earn the first 4G-network at a frequency of 1800 megahertz. It will connect the rovers with the landing module, which will transmit the data received from the lunar rovers to Earth. For communication, the standard Internet Protocol (IP) will be used. At the same time, the announced data rate will range from 100 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second. According to Nokia experts, the mobile lunar network will make it possible to broadcast HD video through the server of PTScientists.
"Humanity will sooner or later leave its native planet, and it must prepare all necessary infrastructure. During our lunar mission, we will test and test the operation of the elements of the first specialized space telecommunications system using LTE technology. "