Nokia has been awarded a contract to establish a 4G network on the moon. NASA is sending troops of astronauts at the Artemis missions to the moon in 2024, and this time around, these scientists and astronauts will probably be able to share their experience on the moon via 4G network and we, on earth, may see their posts on social media from there! This week, the space agency said it will provide Nokia with 14.1 million in funding to build out a 4G LTE cellular network on the lunar surface. The grant is part of $ 370 million contracts signed as part of NASA's Tipping Point selection to advance research and development for space exploration. The Finnish company will receive $14.1m in finds from NASA for the project.
The $14.1 million contract was given to Nokia's United States subsidiary and is a small part of the $370 million total awarded to companies such as SpaceX. Bridenstine said,"We need power systems that can last a long time on the surface of the moon, and we need habitation capability on the surface". The 4G network will be used by not only rovers but also astronauts on the proposed lunar base.
This contract is between NASA and Nokia's United States subsidiary, and it is aiming to achieve support for communication on the surface of the earth at a greater distance and faster speed.
"We want to build the [lunar] infrastructure.that is going to enable an worldwide partnership for the biggest, broadest, most diverse inclusive coalition of researchers and explorers in the history of humankind", UPI.com quoted Bridenstine as saying. While there are no details on how the schedule for this project can become a reality, it supports NASA's goal of having a lunar base on the moon by 2028, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on the broadcast. Unfortunately, previous plans to test the technology on the moon never came to be, as the launch set for 2019 never happened, and one of the companies working with Nokia filed for bankruptcy protection shortly after.