It’s official, NASA has selected Nokia Bell Labs to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon by deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space in a bid to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. This ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution should be completed by late 2022. The company is partnering with Intuitive Machines for this mission to integrate this groundbreaking network into their lunar lander, which self-configures upon deployment. Read more for a video and additional information.
Once deployed, this 4G LTE cellular network aims to provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including command control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video. Eventually, these communication applications will be vital to long-term human presence on the lunar surface.
- 6.53” FHD+ Dotch LCD display, powered by NXTVISION, will upgrade your visual experience with the sharper details, vibrant images and allow you to enjoy true-to-life color accuracy in everything you present.
- Quad rear cameras with dual LED flash: 48MP (high-res) + 8MP (118° super wide-angle) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth). 16MP front-facing selfie camera.
- Up to 64GB of internal memory, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card (sold separately).
- Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile. This device is also certified for use on Verizon’s LTE network. If your device is not receiving messages or experiences an error when making phone calls on Verizon, your account may need to be provisioned to support “CDMA-less” devices. To do this, please contact Verizon’s technical support team or your account’s business representative for assistance. This device is not compatible with CDMA networks.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Octa-core processor, and 6GB of RAM for a smooth performance.
Through the Tipping Point solicitation, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. The public-private partnerships established through Tipping Point selections combine NASA resources with industry contributions, shepherding the development of critical space technologies. NASA plans to leverage these innovations for its Artemis program, which will establish sustainable operations on the Moon by the end of the decade in preparation for an expedition to Mars,” said Nokia.