NASA and NOKIA joined hands to launch 4G on moon

The deal is a win for Nokia, which has been competing with China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson for lucrative 5G contracts.

An astronaut sitting on a crate on the lunar surface, holding up a smartphone recording the sun as it starts to rise over the earth. Credit: Earth image from NASA https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/79790/city-lights-of-asia-and-australia

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If you’re unable to get a cell phone signal when you walk your dog around the block, this will really make your blood boil: NASA is putting a 4G network on the moon.

 

 

To reach its 2028 goal to build a lunar base and eventually sustain a human presence on the moon, NASA awarded $370 million to over a dozen companies to deploy technology on the lunar surface. Those innovations include remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics, safer landing  and 4G. Because how else will astronauts tweet their moon golf shots and lunar rover selfies?

 

NASA says 4G could provide more reliable, longer-distance communication than the current radio standards in place on the moon. Like on Earth, the 4G network will eventually be upgraded to 5G.

 

Nokia’s (NOK) Bell Labs was granted $14.1 million for the project. Bell Labs, formerly operated by AT&T, will partner with spaceflight engineering company Intuitive Machines to build out the 4G-LTE network.