Like Gru, Nokia has always been obsessed with stealing the moon. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but company already has took an enthusiastic interest in developing technology for lunar missions. Back in 2018, Nokia was working on a system that would bring LTE connectivity to everyone’s favorite gray rock rock. NASA has now agreed to provide $ 14.1 million to help Nokia’s dream come true.
The project, which involves Nokia building a 4G cellular communications network on the moon, is part of a series of new contracts awarded by NASA for moon research missions. In total, $ 370 million has been awarded to companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance with the goal of making the moon the place astronauts want to call home by 2028.
NASA hopes the system can “support communications over the moon over longer distances, increase speed and provide greater reliability than current standards.” Nokia’s moon network can support better communication between lunar landers, rovers, and even astronauts. With a $ 14.1 million contract, Nokia will review current terrestrial technology and investigate potential changes to make it live in a lunar environment.
While it was cool and all, I couldn’t help but feel a bit skeptical. The last time Nokia wanted to try new technology on the moon, things didn’t work out. The launch, set for 2019, did not happen, and one of the companies employed by Nokia has filed for bankruptcy protection.
And yet, in this modern age of 2020, should the moon really live only 4G? / s