The US space agency NASA has commissioned Nokia to set up a mobile phone network on the moon – the connection is to be established by the end of 2022. This would also enable ground stations on Earth to control moon vehicles and other devices by remote control.
“No connection under this number” – if the US space agency NASA has its way, this should not apply to the moon for much longer. The Finnish company announced on Monday that the technology group Nokia has been awarded a contract by NASA to set up a mobile phone network on the Earth’s satellite. The USA wants to return to the moon with astronauts in 2024. The goal is to build a settlement on the celestial body, which is a good 380,000 kilometers away, where people can live. Nokia has promised that the connection on the moon will be established at the end of 2022.
For the transport, the Scandinavians are working with the Texan specialist Intuitive Machines, which has already gained experience with its Lunar Lander. The network will be built up independently and will initially be based on the 4G/LTE base that has been established for years. Later it will be upgraded to the more modern 5G technology. The astronauts will not only be able to use it to make phone calls, but also to exchange video recordings and larger amounts of data. According to Nokia, the ground stations on Earth could control moon vehicles and other devices by remote control.