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NASA Taps Nokia to Build 4G Network on the Moon

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Oct 22, 2020, 10:06 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

NASA has awarded a contract to Nokia to build and deploy a 4G LTE network on the surface of Earth's moon. Nokia will build an ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened LTE base station and deploy it on the lunar surface using a lunar lander from partner Intuitive Machines in late 2022. The contract is one of many issued by NASA as part of the overall Artemis program which aims to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon, including humans, by the end of the decade. "The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video."

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gloopey1

Oct 24, 2020, 3:59 PM

What‽

We’ve not sent a manned lunar mission in almost 50 years, but NASA wants to build a 4G network there?

Come on, man!
NASA is doing a lot on the moon right now. As the article states, it will be useful in the short term for communicating with robotic lunar rovers.

But NASA also has the Artemis program to return humans to the moon by 2024. It's one of their major ...
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