Nokia to build 4G network on the Moon for NASA programme

Ruben Fields
October 23, 2020

Nokia's network will provide critical communications capabilities for tasks astronauts will need to carry out, like remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and high-definition video streaming, the company said.

The grant given to Nokia is part of Dollars 370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.

Nokia's Associate Administrator James Reuters said: "With NASA funding, we will consider how to modify the ground technology and improve the communication system, taking into account the lunar environment".

Of all the places to install a 4G or 5G network tower, you would think that the rural areas of Earth would be the right choice.

Finland based Nokia which is one of the oldest mobile and telecommunication companies has been selected by American space agency National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) to build the first ever cellular network on the lunar surface.

Nokia has been awarded a contract to establish a 4G network on the moon.

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This isn't Nokia's initially attempt to send off an LTE network on the Moon.

The initial 4G network will be upgraded to 5G in the future, it said.

NASA invested $106 million in what it calls "lunar surface innovation initiative technology", which helps humans and robots explore more of the moon.

The end-to-end LTE network - pioneered by Nokia Bell Labs' - is expected to be ready in late 2022. These include a fast, wireless charging system, a chemical heat and electrical power source that can survive extreme temperatures, and Nokia's 4G network. The solution has been specially created to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space.

"Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface". In the meantime, NASA has also launched a rover into orbit to better understand what Mars sounds like!

After being discovered as a partner to advance "Tipping Point" technologies, Nokia announced that the corporation shares a close bond with a Texas-based private spacecraft design company, Intuitive Machines to deliver the pieces of equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.

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