Finnish company Nokia said, on Monday, that the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen it to build the first cellular communications network on the surface of the moon.
The lunar network will be part of the efforts of the space agency America to return humans to the moon by 2024 and build long-term homes there under its Artemis program.
Nokia said the first wireless broadband communication system in space will be set up on the moon’s surface in late 2022 before humans return there.
The Finnish company will partner with Texas-based private spacecraft design firm Intuitive Machines to deliver the network equipment aboard its lunar lander.
After installing it, Nokia explained, the network will configure itself and establish the first LTE communications system on the moon.
She said, “The network will provide communication capabilities essential to many different data transmission applications, including dynamic command and control functions, remote control of lunar vehicles, real-time navigation and high-definition video broadcasting.
And NASA announced a few days ago that it would provide Nokia with up to $ 14.1 million to build a 4G LTE cellular network on the surface of the moon.
Nokia builds the first mobile network on the moon