NASA awards US firm $47mn to land water-measuring payload on Moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 18, 2020

Keeping this in mind, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chose to partner with Nokia's research arm Bell Labs to set up 4G LTE connectivity on the Moon. Thus, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made a decision to award a multi-million-dollar contract to Nokia to set up an LTE communication network or 4G on the Moon. Yes, if you ever reach the moon and tweet the photo, then you have to thank Nokia for this. It's not the first time that we see the company trying to develop technology for lunar missions, as it had done something similar in 2018.

But $14.1 million is a small part of the $370 million funding by NASA.

"The system could support communication on the lunar surface over greater distances and higher speeds and offer greater reliability than the current standards", the announcement also says. The Finnish company will receive $14.1m in finds from NASA for the project. "With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications", he said.

This all sounds so fascinating that it makes it hard to comprehend that this is no longer a fantasy and we may actually get a 5G or 6G on the moon one day too and that we may actually inhabit the surface of the moon someday as we live on earth! Nokia would help to create a network that may connect users at greater distances, allowing communication between lunar landers, rovers, habitats, and astronauts.

The $14.1 million contract was given to Nokia's USA subsidiary and is a small part of the $370 million total awarded to companies such as SpaceX. The contract is one of several that NASA is awarding to companies as it plans a return to the moon. The company has previously joined hands with Vodafone to build a Moon-based LTE network for the Apollo 17 landing.

Let you know; this attempt is not for the first time.

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