NASA-Nokia Partnership Builds First 4G Network on the Moon
by Mariama Bah, age 13
Recently, Nokia, a Finnish telecommunications and consumer electronics company, announced that they are developing the Moon’s first 4G cell network. The network will assist NASA’s Artemis team in their upcoming mission. Artemis is a new lunar exploration program that will put people on the Moon for the first time since 1970.
NASA has awarded a combined amount of $370 million to 14 different companies to develop technologies for the Artemis launch. This includes Nokia, whose US Bell Labs division is in charge of creating a 4G network to be deployed in a lunar landing in 2022. This network will help the astronauts with tasks such as data transmission, controlling lunar rovers, real time navigation, and lunar geography.
NASA’s goal is to build a lunar base and sustain human life on the Moon by 2028. Nokia’s chief technology officer, Marcus Weldon, says that the 4G network is the first step to achieving this. “Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.”