Nokia to build mobile phone network on the moon

Yolanda Curtis
October 23, 2020

Nokia's Associate Administrator James Reuters said: "With NASA funding, we will consider how to modify the ground technology and improve the communication system, taking into account the lunar environment".

The research wing of Nokia, Bell Labs has been selected by NASA as a partner to advance the "Tipping Point" technologies for Moon. Well, if there wasn't enough conspiracy and concern surrounding the safety of 5G on Earth, it looks like Nokia and NASA will be teaming up to get 4G networking on the moon.

Once in place, the network will offer communications support for data transmission, control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high-definition video.

Meanwhile, Nasa plans to continue partnering with various entities to develop technologies that will benefit future space missions for its Artemis programme which aims to land "the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024", according to the space agency. The idea is to deploy a 4G/LTE network-and later move to 5G-to "support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards", NASA says in a statement. "By building the first high-performance wireless network solution on the Moon, Nokia Bell Labs is once again planting the flag for pioneering innovation beyond the conventional limits". "The mission critical LTE network we have developed has been specially created to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space, as well as the sizable vibrational impact during launch and landing on the lunar surface". Nokia's exploration arm, Bell Labs, if more subtleties in a Twitter string.

The ultimate object of NASA's rejuvenated appetites is Mars, you see, and it wants to use the moon as some kind of cosmic aircraft carrier to launch missions from. Nokia is joining forces with Texas-based private spacecraft design company Intuitive Machines to deliver the equipment to the moon.

In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carries a seismic experiments package in his left hand and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector to the deployment area on the surface of the moon at Tranquillity Base.

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