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Nokia to Launch 4G internet is set to arrive on the Moon

According to a Nokia executive, the company is preparing to introduce 4G internet on the moon later this year as part of NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to establish a human foothold on the lunar surface. The objective is to demonstrate that terrestrial networks can fulfill the communication requirements of upcoming space expeditions.

Nokia is preparing to launch a 4G mobile network on the moon later this year, in the hopes of enhancing lunar discoveries — and eventually paving the path for human presence on the satellite planet.

The Finnish telecommunications group plans to launch the network on a SpaceX rocket over the coming months, Luis Maestro Ruiz De Temino, Nokia’s principal engineer, told reporters earlier this month at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.

The network will be powered by an antenna-equipped base station stored in a Nova-C lunar lander designed by U.S. space firm Intuitive Machines, as well as by an accompanying solar-powered rover.

An LTE connection will be established between the lander and the rover.

The infrastructure will land on the Shackleton crater, which lies along the southern limb of the moon.

Nokia says the technology is designed to withstand the extreme conditions of space.

The network will be used within Nasa’s Artemis 1 mission, which aims to send the first human astronauts to walk on the moon’s surface since 1972.

The aim is to show that terrestrial networks can meet the communications needs for future space missions, Nokia said, adding that its network will allow astronauts to communicate with each other and with mission control, as well as to control the rover remotely and stream real-time video and telemetry data back to Earth.

The lander will launch via a SpaceX rocket, according to Maestro Ruiz De Temino. He explained that the rocket won’t take the lander all the way to the moon’s surface — it has a propulsion system in place to complete the journey.

Anshel Sag, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said that 2023 was an “optimistic target” for the launch of Nokia’s equipment.

“If the hardware is ready and validated as it seems to be, there is a good chance they could launch in 2023 as long as their launch partner of choice doesn’t have any setbacks or delays,” Sag told CNBC via email. 

Nokia previously said that its lunar network will “provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video.”

Lunar ice

One of the things Nokia is hoping to achieve with its lunar network is finding ice on the moon. Much of the moon’s surface is now dry, but recent unmanned missions to the moon have yielded discoveries of ice remnants trapped in sheltered craters around the poles.

Such water could be treated and used for drinking, broken up into hydrogen and oxygen for use as rocket fuel, or separated to provide breathable oxygen to astronauts.

“I could see this being used by future expeditions to continue to explore the moon since this really seems like a major test of the capabilities before starting to use it commercially for additional exploration and potential future mining operations,” Sag told CNBC.

“Mining requires a lot of infrastructure to be in place and having the right data about where certain resources are located.

We’ll need more than just internet connectivity, if we’re ever to live on the moon. Engineering giant Rolls-Royce, for example, is working on a nuclear reactor to provide power to future lunar inhabitants and explorers.

ChatGPT Gets Internet Browsing Capabilities

OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT have released a plugin that will allow the chatbot to surf the internet and perform a variety of tasks

Releasing by the end of 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world of tech by storm. From getting a $10 billion deal from Microsoft to becoming one of the most visited websites in the world and now releasing an even stronger version of its AI, ChatGPT and its creators have come a long way.

Adding to its list of features, ChatGPT is now getting the ability to browse the internet and perform a variety of tasks. Not being built-in, this new feature will be made available through newly released ChatGPT plugins. These plugins will give ChatGPT the ability to access third-party databases and other knowledge sources from the web.

Available in Alpha, these plugins will be offered to users and developers that are currently on the waitlist. However, right now, OpenAI will offer these features to a limited set of developers and ChatGPT premium subscribers. The feature will later be released on a larger scale alongside API access.

Alongside its announcement for the release of these plugins, OpenAI also announced that they will soon be allowing developers to create and release their own plugins for ChatGPT.

“Today, we’re beginning to gradually enable existing plugins from our early collaborators for ChatGPT users, beginning with ChatGPT Plus subscribers. We’re also beginning to roll out the ability for developers to create their own plugins for ChatGPT” said OpenAI in its blog.

Starlink Announces New ‘Global’ Satellite Internet Package

SpaceX Starlink has just announced its new “global” satellite internet package, Starlink Roam, which is now available for $200 per month. 

Starlink, which is one of the world’s most famed satellite internet companies, has finally announced the release of its global internet package, which will allow its subscribers to use the Starlink internet from any and everywhere in the world.

This internet service promises to follow you across any continent and most countries, providing reliable internet connectivity even in locations where connectivity has been completely unavailable. With the Starlink Roam package, you can choose between a portable antenna for $599 or an in-motion antenna for $2,500. 

Moreover, the subscription is flexible, allowing you to pause and unpause the service whenever you want, while getting billed in one-month increments. While it is unclear whether the service will still be available in the countries where Starlink’s technically not allowed, it can be ordered in the countries on the Starlink availability map. 

The company is still waiting on regulatory approval from some countries, including India, Pakistan, and Cambodia. However, Elon Musk stated in an interview with the Financial Times that the Chinese government has “made clear its disapproval of his recent rollout of Starlink.” 

Starlink Roam promises high-speed, low-latency service with brief periods of poor connectivity or none at all, but the company claims that this will improve dramatically over time.