In late 2022, Nokia Bell Labs will "build and deploy the first ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution on the lunar surface".
It will partner with a Texas-based private space craft design company, Intuitive Machines, to deliver the equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.
NASA has awarded Nokia Bell Labs $14.1 million to bring a 4G/LTE cellular network to the moon. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. It will also provide astronauts with greater voice and video communications capabilities, telemetry and biometric data transmission and control over robotic payloads. Given that the moon turned out to be pretty boring unless you're really into rock, you have to wonder why they're bothering, but the answer lies even further afield.
Nokia says that its LTE network is flawless for any activity that astronauts might need it for including "voice and video communications capabilities, telemetry and biometric data exchange, and deployment and control of robotic and sensor payloads". Nokia has been chosen by NASA to construct the first cellular network on the moon, as informed by the firm on Monday.
Setting up the internet on the Moon is more challenging than doing it on Earth, but Nokia says that its equipment has been specifically created to withstand the hard conditions of the launch and will operate in space without an atmosphere.
The solution has been specially created to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch as well as the lunar landing and to operate in the extreme conditions of space. The statement was released by the company after it was chosen as the NASA partner to advance the "Tipping Point" technologies on the lunar surface for the mission.
Of all the places to install a 4G or 5G network tower, you would think that the rural areas of Earth would be the right choice.