Nokia will reportedly be launching 4G internet on the moon on a SpaceX rocket in the coming months and it will be powered by an antenna-equipped base station which will be stored in a Nova-C lunar lander. It will also be accompanied by a solar-powered rover. The LTE connection will be set up between the lander and the rover. The latest 4G network will be used during Nasa’s upcoming Artemis 1 mission, which will send human astronauts to walk on the moon after a long time since 1972.
At MWC 2023, Nokia had already confirmed its plans to launch a lunar network.
Nokia says the technology is designed to withstand the extreme conditions of space. The aim is to show that terrestrial networks can meet the communications needs for future space missions, Nokia said, adding that its network will allow astronauts to communicate with each other and with mission control, as well as to control the rover remotely and stream real-time video and telemetry data back to Earth.