Being able to video chat with people around the world may have already been familiar to the point unsurprising, but being able to communicate with other people from the moon is unheard of, right?
It might become a reality soon as NASA recently initiated this cosmic idea in partnership with Finnish firm Nokia that involves sending a 4G network to the moon. Let me repeat that: 4G network to the moon! Our 5G network is just becoming more prevalent on Earth, but now we got 4G heading to the moon. Internet on the moon sounds lunacy, but it’s still awesome.
Alongside the United State’s industrial research arm, Bell Labs, for the proper equipment to construct the first-ever lunar network, NASA is expected to launch it sometime in 2022. This equipment can withstand the harsh conditions during the launch, landing on the moon, and its lunar operation.
The development of the lunar network is part of the Artemis program, wherein NASA will also send astronauts to the moon by 2024 and, if all goes well, will be followed by a “sustainable” human presence in 2028. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and Dynetics are working together to develop a human lander system for astronauts to land on the moon.
From there, the astronauts will carry out several online activities, such as making voice and video calls and perhaps even shopping online to bake more cookies. NASA is not yet done with this whole experiment but it’s now planning to launch 5G on the moon.
As the moon is the Earth’s natural satellite, perhaps it’s only a matter of time for it to shift as a lunar network as well. NASA believes that the system could support lunar communications at greater distances, faster speeds, and deliver a more reliable network than the current standards.