A 4G internet service by Nokia will be sent to the Moon during a future space trip, according to the company. If successful, this may open up new possibilities for lunar exploration and humans landing on other celestial bodies.
Nokia sending 4G to the Moon
The system is anticipated to be launched on the forthcoming IM-2 mission from Intuitive Machines.
Planned for November, it will be launched using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. According to CNBC, Nokia’s 4G communications equipment will be transported to the Shackleton crater in the southern area of the Moon by Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander, along with other cargo.
The system is designed by Nokia alongside Lunar Outpost and Intuitive Machines to handle the unforgiving conditions in space. This can help enhance future crewed missions to the lunar surface
When Nokia was chosen by NASA in 2020 and was awarded USD 14.1 million to fund the research the company then announced the initiative, according to CNN.
Thierry Klein, president of Bell Labs Solutions Research at Nokia Bell Labs, said in the post that “It became evident to us that, for any sustained human presence on the Moon and Mars in the future, connectivity, and communications are critical,”
He also added that astronauts should have the same access to these kinds of services and technologies as they do on Earth so that astronauts on future missions will use the 4G internet to enhance “voice and video communications capabilities, telemetry and biometric data exchange, sensing applications, or controlling robotics.”
Klein said in a press release late last month that Nokia and Bell Labs are looking forward to bringing the technology to space in the coming year.