• Chethan Machaknur

NASA teams up with Nokia to build moon's first 4G cell network

NASA is awarding $370 Mn to 14 companies including to provide technology for the Artemis moon-landing program. The programme's aim is to establish a long-term human presence on the moon as a warm-up for missions to Mars.

Nokia released more details of its involvement after an announcement last week by NASA, which said it was giving the company's US unit $14.1Mn for the network. The US space agency is also funding other innovations in cryogenic fluid management, lunar surface innovation, and descent and landing capability.

Nokia's network will provide critical communications capabilities for tasks astronauts will need to carry out like remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and high-definition video streaming, the company said.

The equipment includes base station, antennas, and software and is designed to withstand harsh launches and lunar landings and extreme conditions in space.

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