NASA enlists the help of Nokia to bring cellular service to the Moon

Date:19 October 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

When NASA inevitably return to the Moon as part of its Artemis mission by 2024, the space organisation is going to need a reliable and efficient way for its astronauts to communicate with one another.

To achieve this, NASA has enlisted the help of Nokia to build out a 4G LTE cellular network on the lunar surface in a deal worth an estimated $14.1 million.

While speaking to United Press InternationalNASA’s associate administrator for pace Technology Mission Directorate, Jim Reuter, said having cellular service on the Moon could help support communication between lunar landers, rovers, habitats and astronauts.

He then went on to state- “With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications.”

The contract Nokia was awarded is part of a larger $370 million investment into new Artemis funding, with companies like Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and Precision Combustion Inc also receiving large contracts.

“NASA’s significant investment in innovative technology demonstrations, led by small and large U.S. businesses across nine states, will expand what is possible in space and on the lunar surface,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Together, NASA and industry are building up an array of mission-ready capabilities to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars.”

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