It seems that Nokia some sort of obsession with the moon or extraterrestrial communications. As a part of the project that has a total budget of $370 million, NASA will provide $14.1 million to the Finnish telecommunication company to bring the 4G solutions on the lunar surface. Thus, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made a decision to award a multi-million-dollar contract to Nokia to set up an LTE communication network or 4G on the Moon.
When NASA returns to the Moon sometime in 2024, it wants to have an efficient and reliable way for its astronauts to communicate with one another, and it's turning to mobile pioneer Nokia for help. "Most of the money went to large space companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to ideal techniques to make and handle rocket propellant in space".
Nokia's plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us).
So, why is NASA spending so much for the Moon?
"We need power systems that can last a long time on the surface of the moon, and we need habitation capability on the surface".
"We want to build the [lunar] infrastructure...that is going to enable an global partnership for the biggest, broadest, most diverse inclusive coalition of researchers and explorers in the history of humankind".
Reuters also added that "the system would also extend to spacecraft".
The 4G network would be used by astronauts, vehicles and as a foothold for any future permanent Moonbase: "With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications", said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.