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NASA Funds Nokia Plan to Build 4G Mobile Network on the Moon


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artist's conception of lunar lander

Nokia's LTE/4G network will support communication between lunar landers, astronauts, and rovers.

Credit: NASA

NASA will provide $14.1 million in funding to Nokia of America Corp. to build a 4G cellular communication network on the moon, the space agency announced.

That project was part of $370 million in new contracts for lunar surface research missions. The agency is developing technologies for living and working on the moon to support its goal of having astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Having cellular service on the moon could support communication between lunar landers, rovers, habitats, and astronauts, said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.

"The system would also extend to spacecraft," Reuter said. "With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications."

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