If you ever happen to visit the moon, then you may be able to tweet photos from there and you should thank Nokia for it. Nokia is working on a project to introduce a 4G cellular communications network on the Moon. The company has shown interest in bringing high-speed cellular connectivity to the Moon in the past as well but now NASA has decided to give Nokia $14.1 million for the same.
NASA has selected 14 American companies, including several small businesses, as partners to develop a range of technologies that will help forge a path to sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade. NASA is spending $370 million for the same and Nokia just got $14.1 million to develop 4G infrastructure for the Moon. To clarify it is Nokia of America Corporation that is getting the money as NASA has exclusively listed out American companies for the mission.
So, why is NASA spending so much for the Moon? It is simply because NASA wants to “build up an array of mission-ready capabilities to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars,” as per an official statement.
“The majority of the funding will help mature cryogenic fluid management technologies via in-space demonstrations led by small business Eta Space, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and ULA,” it added.
As per a report by United Press International, “The system (developed by Nokia) could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards.”
But before you get all excited, note that Nokia had announced a similar partnership with Vodafone Germany back in 2018 and claimed that the partnership would bring 4G coverage to the Moon by 2019. But as we all know this is yet to be a reality.