Nokia has been awarded a $14.1 million contract by NASA to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon.
The grant is part of contracts worth $370 million signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development (R&D) for space exploration.
Nokia’s network will be the critical communications fabric for data transmission applications, including the control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography and streaming of high definition video.
According to NASA, the system will support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards.
In 2018, Nokia in collaboration with PTScientists, a German space company, and Vodafone UK was to launch an LTE network on moon at the site of the Apollo 17 landing, but the mission never got off the ground.