Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia was stopped by the US space agency NASA to set up the first cellular network on the moon. Nokia reported this on Monday.
LTE / 4G technology is used as part of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to ensure a long-term human presence on the moon by the end of this decade.
Nokia is working with the American company Intuitive Machines and plans to integrate the network into its lunar lander. The technology should be in place by the end of 2022. The network should allow data transmission for surveillance functions, remote control of moon rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of HD videos.
As part of the Artemis program, NASA wants to bring the first woman and again a man to the moon by 2024. The knowledge gained is then used for the next big step, which is sending astronauts to Mars.