Nokia will build a cellular network on the Moon

Top line

Nokia will build the first cellular network on the moon as part of a NASA project to establish a lasting human presence on the lunar surface.

Highlights

The network will be 4G, which the company says is a more robust and reliable technology given its longer track record, although the company does. to say it will “pursue” 5G space applications in the future.

Nokia says the network will provide connectivity “for whatever activity astronauts need to perform,” including using the network for biometric data transmission, lunar rover control, high-definition video streaming and activation of voice and video communications.

The company said the network will be built in late 2022, with humans expected to arrive shortly thereafter in 2024 as part of NASA’s Artemis Project.

Texas-based Intuitive Machines will partner with Nokia to deliver the equipment to the moon on their moon lander.

Key context

NASA’s Project Artemis aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024. By 2028, it hopes to have the beginnings of a moon base and ultimately a lasting human presence. The agency has awarded more than $ 370 million, announcement Last Wednesday, to projects that would help it achieve this goal, including those relating to cryogenics and robotics.

Further reading

Do you have a signal here? Nokia will build a mobile network on the Moon (Reuters)

NASA’s full Artemis plan revealed: 37 launches and a lunar outpost (Ars Technica)

Troy M. Hoffman