Meet Nishant Batra – Expert at the head of the first 4G network on the Moon for NASA


Nishant Batra joined Nokia as CSTO and member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team in January 2021

New Delhi: Indian-born Nishant Batra works as chief strategy and technology officer (CSTO) at the smartphone maker Nokia helps NASA build the very first cellular network on the Moon.

Nishant Batra joined Nokia as CSTO and member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team in January 2021.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MS in Telecommunications and an MS in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a BS in Computer Applications from Devi Ahilya University in India.

Prior to joining the telecommunications major, Batra worked at Veoneer in Sweden, serving as executive vice president and chief technology officer. He had also spent 12 years at Ericsson in several roles.

Batra is based in Espoo, Finland, and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

At Nokia, Batra’s responsibilities include technology architecture management and pioneering research at Nokia Bell Labs including

the innovations will be used to build and deploy the first ultra-compact, low-power, hardened end-to-end LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022.

NASA is seeking to regain its presence on the lunar surface with its uncrewed Artemis mission scheduled for launch in May this year and its crewed mission in 2026.

In October last year, the US space agency selected Nokia as a partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon, deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space and helping to open the way to a lasting human presence on the lunar surface.

For the mission, Nokia also partnered with Intuitive Machines to integrate the revolutionary array into their lunar lander and deliver it to the lunar surface.

The network will provide essential communications capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation, and high-definition video streaming – while containing power, size and cost.

These communication applications are all vital for a long-term human presence on the lunar surface.

The network will self-configure upon deployment and establish the first LTE communications system on the Moon.

Nokia’s Lunar Network has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of launch and landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space.

This isn’t the first space collaboration for Nokia’s Bell Labs.

In 1962, Bell Labs and NASA launched Telstar 1, the first communications satellite capable of relaying TV signals between Europe and North America, into orbit.

In 1964, Bell Labs researchers and future Nobel laureates Arno Penzias and Bob Wilson discovered the cosmic microwave background radiation left behind by the Big Bang, confirming the now-predominant theory of the origins of the universe.

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