NASA has chosen Nokia, the Finnish IT and telecommunication company to create its very first cellular network on the moon, Nokia said in a press release.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared in its blog post that it will invest in technologies that will help in its exploration of the moon.
The investment is part of its Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative.
Moreover, NASA will invest $14.1 million to the corporation to install the first LTE/4G communications system in space.
The installation would create better communications at the moon’s surface at greater distances, speed, and more reliability said NASA.
NASA’S Artemis Program
According to Nokia’s release, the installment will be a crucial part of NASA’s Artemis program.
The program aims to bring the first female and the next male astronaut to the moon by 2024.
The program will also prepare humanity for its next endeavor, which is Mars exploration.
However, before that, the moon landing needs to be successful first.
Moreover, before the next human landing on the moon, there needs to be preparations first that include better engineering and technology.
That is why NASA partnered with different institutions like the academe and the private sector.
Furthermore, different technology and development will ensure that astronauts can go there quickly and sustain human exploration of the moon.
Video and Voice Calls on the Moon
Nokia, through its research and scientific development company, Bell Labs, will partner with Intuitive Machines for this new project.
Nokia’s lunar network will be integrated into the Intuitive Machine’s lunar lander to deploy on the moon’s surface.
According to the press release, the “network will self-configure upon deployment” and establish the communications system on the moon.
The telecommunications company’s LTE network is “ideally suited for providing wireless connectivity” for the astronauts’ activities, per the release.
This includes “voice and video communications capabilities,” said Nokia.
Aside from those, the network will also transmit different data for crucial command functions like rover control and “real-time navigation and streaming” of HD videos.