Nokia’s Lunar 4G network might launch in 2023

In 2018, almost two years before a small virus crippled the entire world for a good year, Nokia made some deals with Audi and Vodafone to bring a 4G network to the moon.

Things changed in 2020, when Nokia received about $ 14 million from NASA to make the whole story possible. The project of bringing 4G network to the Moon is run by Nokia Bell labs. Now the project is close to its working phase, and the launch date is set for November 2023 when Intuitive Machines’ upcoming IM -2 mission is expected. Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander will be carried to the moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and Nokia’s equipment for the 4G network will be installed on that lander.

Nokia hopes to demonstrate that the 4G network can operate normally on the moon. The network will be used for transmitting mobile voice and data for high-definition video streaming, remote monitoring of sensors and instruments, exchange of telemetry and biometric data and critical command and control functions such as the remote control of lunar rovers. This is crucial for the future crewed Artemis missions, which aim to return astronauts to Earth’s satellite 50 years after the last Apollo mission.

This mission will allow us to evaluate if the current technology we youse for communication and data flow can be used in space if we aim for a permanent human presence on the Moon and Mars. Nokia could become the first company to connect people in space as well. T

There is a nice video that explains the whole mission in detail and what those landers look like.

Source: Nokia Bell Labs

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