The Moon Is About to Have Better Cell Service Than You

NASA Taps Nokia to Install 4G Network On the Moon

by Toby Howell

Moon with wifi signal coming out the top of it
Francis Scialabba

NASA announced it’s teaming up with Nokia’s Bell Labs to install a 4G network on the moon, because no one likes getting a “Call Failed” notification when they’re 239,000 miles from home.

The backstory: The goal of NASA’s Artemis program is to build lunar infrastructure capable of supporting human life. In other words, by 2028 NASA wants astronauts to be able to live on the moon.

  • The agency is doling out various contracts to private companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, and now Nokia, as part of its “tipping point” investments focused on lunar exploration. These contracts are worth $370 million in total.

Nokia’s handy work would give astronauts on the moon the ability to make voice and video calls, as well as transfer important data. 

Bottom line: If you’re an astronaut who just pre-ordered the new iPhone 12, don’t worry—NASA says the moon network will eventually be upgraded to 5G. 

source : Morning Brew

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