4G on the moon soon

Can terrestrial networks can meet the communications needs of future space missions? Maybe.
Nokia is planning to launch 4G internet on the moon later this year, an executive for the company said.
It will be used within Nasa’s Artemis 1 mission, which aims to establish a human presence on the moon again (last time was 1972).
The aim is to show that terrestrial networks can meet the communications needs of future space missions.

Nokia is selected by Vodafone to be its technology partner for Mission to the Moon project.
NASA will fund a project by Nokia to build a 4G cellular communication network on the moon with $14.1 million.
The network will configure itself and establish a 4G/LTE communications system on the moon.
An LTE connection will be established between the lander and the rover.
Vodafone 4G network will enable first live-streaming of HD video from the Moon’s surface to a global audience.

The Finnish telecommunications group plans to launch the network on a SpaceX rocket over the coming months.
Intuitive Machines plans to deliver the equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.
The network will be powered by an antenna-equipped base station stored in a Nova-C lunar lander designed by U.S. space firm Intuitive Machines, as well as by an accompanying solar-powered rover. Nokia says the technology is designed to withstand the extreme conditions of space.

Sources and links to more information:

4G internet is set to arrive on the moon later this year

NASA is launching a 4G phone network on the moon
Nokia’s lunar LTE network will allow astronauts to make calls, stream data and remote control robots.

Nokia has aimed to moon for few years

Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on the moon

NASA funds Nokia plan to provide cellular service on moon


  1. Octordle Unlimited says:

    4G on Moon seems very far-fetched. When was the last time we even landed on Moon again?

  2. wordle hint says:

    4G on the moon seems like a very distant thing. How long does it take people to do that?

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Moon Mission: Powering the Lunar Surface
    Aug. 30, 2023
    We’re going back to the Moon, but more electrical power is needed to live there. NASA and selected companies will develop technologies to enable long-term exploration.

    What’s you’ll learn:

    The plan behind NASA’s return to the moon.
    What are some of the companies involved in this project?
    The role of ice and/or water at the moon’s poles in developing lunar power.

    NASA took “a second giant step for man,” on July 25, 2023, opening the door for humans to “live off the land” on the Moon. It’s awarding several contracts toward the construction of landing pads, habitats, and roads on the lunar surface, using nuclear power for energy.

    The moon that NASA is striving to visit isn’t the same moon that Neil Armstrong and other Apollo astronauts left behind some 50 years ago. Journeying to the Moon and returning to Earth was the first effort achieved during the Apollo era in the 1960s and early 1970s. Now, during the next phase, it intends to build a sustainable presence that will focus on the Lunar South Pole, where water exists in the form of ice.

    NASA selected 11 U.S. companies to develop technologies that would support long-term exploration on the lunar surface, as well as in outer space for the benefit of mankind.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Maapallolla radiohiljaisuus on lähes mahdotonta – ihmiskunnan laitteet aiheuttavat häiriöitä kaikille aallonpituuksille. Kuussa ei toistaiseksi radiolähteitä ole, mutta Maan häiriöt voivat ulottua sinnekin.



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