NASA chooses Nokia to build first 4G mobile network on the moon for future colonyNews
Finland’s Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first 4G mobile network on the moon, the company said on Monday.
Nokia said its 4G network would allow astronauts to make voice and video calls, transmit data and deploy payloads. The Finnish telecommunications plans to launch 5G on the moon, too.
The lunar network will be part of the U.S. space agency’s efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 and build long-term settlements there under its Artemis program.
Nokia said the first wireless broadband communications system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022, before humans make it back there.
The Finnish company will partner with Texas-based private space craft design firm Intuitive Machines to deliver the network equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.