To achieve its 2028 goal of building a lunar base and ultimately maintaining a human presence on the moon, NASA allocated $ 370 million to over a dozen companies to implement technology on the moon’s surface. These innovations include remote production, cryogenic freezing, robot technology, safer landing … and 4G. Because how else would astronauts tweet their lunar golf shots and lunar rover selfies?
NASA says that 4G could provide more reliable communication over longer distances than the current radio standards in place on the moon. Just like on Earth, the 4G network will eventually be upgraded to 5G.
Bell Labs received $ 1
4.1 million for the project. Formerly operated by AT&T, Bell Labs will partner with space engineering firm Intuitive Machines to expand the 4G-LTE network.
John Oliver jokes about CNN’s parent company AT&T (T) except, 4G will probably work better on the moon than it does here – it will not have any trees, buildings or TV signals interfering with the 4G signal. The moon’s mobile network will also be specially designed to withstand the special features of the moon’s surface: extreme temperature, radiation and the vacuum of space. It also remains functional during lunar landings and launches, although rockets significantly vibrate the lunar surface.
Bell Labs said astronauts will use its wireless network for data transmission, controlling lunar rovers, real-time navigation of the moon’s geography (think Google Maps for the moon) and streaming high-definition video. It could give us stuck on Earth a much better shot of astronauts jumping around on the moon’s surface: Buzz Aldrin was a great cameraman, but he did not have an iPhone.
The 4G network on Earth is supported by giant cell towers with huge power generators and radios. But Bell Labs helped create small cell technologies that are more limited in range but use far less power than traditional cell towers and are significantly easier to pack in a rocket ship. The small cell technology is currently in use for 5G networks worldwide.