NASA Taps Nokia to Build CELLULAR NETWORK on Moon

NASA Taps Nokia to Build CELLULAR NETWORK on Moon

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NASA has tapped Nokia to build the first ever cellular network on the moon that supports 4G communications.

According to tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, the connection will eventually transition to 5G.

Under the partnership, the agency awarded the firm $14.1 million grant for the ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution.

It will give astronauts voice and video communications capabilities and telemetry and biometric data exchange.

It will also allow the deployment and remote control of lunar rovers and other robotic devices.

“Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be the key,” said Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia.

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Nokia said the network would be using 4G/LTE, in use worldwide for the last decade.

Instead of the latest 5G technology because the former was a more known quantity with proven reliability.

The company would also “pursue space applications of LTE’s successor technology, 5G.”

NASA gears up to send a crew to the moon in 2024, with the hopes of holding a ‘sustainable’ human presence by 2028.

The American space agency has also awarded contracts to other technology companies to develop landers that will be used by Artemis astronauts.

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