Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has been selected by NASA to build the first ever cellular network on the Moon. LTE/4G technology will revolutionize lunar surface communications to deliver reliable, high data rates while containing power, size and cost. Communications will be a crucial component of NASA’s Artemis program to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon by the end of the decade. Nokia will also aid NASA in advancing “Tipping Point” technologies on the Moon. Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be utilized to build and deploy the first compact space compatible LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022. Nokia has partnered with Intuitive Machines to complete this and integrate the network into their lunar lander to deliver it to the surface of the Moon.
Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs President, said: “Leveraging our rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite communication to discovering the cosmic microwave background radiation produced by the Big Bang, we are now building the first ever cellular communications network on the Moon. Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. By building the first high performance wireless network solution on the Moon, Nokia Bell Labs is once again planting the flag for pioneering innovation beyond the conventional limits.”