Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on moon

NASA and Nokia plan to set up a cellular network

Already in 2018, Nokia joined the German research company PTScientnts for the exact same goal - the establishment of a cellular network on the moon - but the same project did not progress.

The deals are valued at a combined $370 million. Most of the funds were given to large space companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to ideal techniques to make and handle rocket propellant in space.

"Communications will be a crucial component for NASA's Artemis program, which will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon by the end of the decade", said Nokia in a statement.

That is the plan, anyway, after United States space agency Nasa struck a deal with Nokia. The system will support lunar surface communications at greater distances and increased speeds and offer more reliability than the present standards.

However, this will not be Nokia's first attempt at setting up the Lunar LTE network.

NASA and Nokia plan to set up a cellular network

"The mission-critical LTE network we have developed has been specially created to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space, as well as the sizable vibrational impact during launch and landing on the lunar surface", the company said.

Bridenstine further said that power systems are needed that can stay on the lunar surface for a long time, adding that and the ability to migrate to the moon must also be developed.

Telecom equipment supplier Nokia is building a 4G network on the moon to help astronauts control lunar rovers, navigate lunar geography in real time, and stream videos.

The 4G network that Nokia will build will be miles superior to the form of communication that was used during the early missions to the moon.

Intuitive Machines announced last week that it had been awarded Nasa's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract to deliver gear and technology to search and drill for ice and water on the Moon, as the space agency prepares to establish a human presence on the lunar surface. The public-private partnerships established through Tipping Point selections combine NASA resources with industry contributions.