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A team of researchers from Simon Fraser University is preparing for launch after being announced as the primary partner for Canada’s first lunar rover mission.

For the first time in history, a Canadian rover will explore the moon, supporting the international search for water ice, a key building block required for future human space exploration.

Simon Fraser University was selected as one of the mission partners when the Canadian Space Agency announced Canadensys Aerospace Corporation earlier this month Chosen to build a lunar rover.

Stephen Braham Leading SFU Celebrities PolyLAB for Advanced Collaborative Networkssaid his team will provide world-leading expertise in the mission’s surface radio network, communications through lunar orbit, and direct communications to and from Earth.

“We support the rover’s communications design, including the network protocols used,” says Braham. “But our primary interest in this mission is to understand how radio networks operate on the moon. We already know that the moon is one of the most unique radio propagation environments in the solar system. because there is.”

Braham says most wireless network planning tools in use on Earth don’t work well at the lunar poles. Canadian rovers and eventually humans will be sent to the lunar poles.

“These are not the areas where we sent the Apollo program,” says Braham. “We hope this rover will help us learn enough to build the networks needed for permanent habitation on the moon.”

SFU’s role in the mission is the culmination of decades of work building mission-critical radio networks and testing concepts for radio networks on the Moon and Mars. poly lab.

They have a long history of working with communications research and analog systems for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency.

This includes extensive research into cellular and modern Wi-Fi network predecessors in the Canadian Arctic. Horton Mars Project Dating back to 1999, in collaboration with SETI and the Mars Institutes, we provide information on technology currently being applied to Canadian rover projects.

The team at SFU is working on LTE cellular networks and Developing cellular services and Wi-Fi standards for future space missions.

“It’s been an incredible journey from theoretical concepts and simulations to getting ready for actual implementation,” says Anderson.

The NASA-led international Artemis program to return humans to the moon permanently Successful launch of the Orion spacecraft November 15th.

The Canadian rover is currently scheduled to launch as early as 2026.

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