NASA and Nokia are teaming up to put cellphone service on the moon.
- Specifically, NASA will install a 4G network.
- “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” NASA said.
- The added features include robotics, safer landing platforms, ways to ignite power and, yes, cellphone service.
Why it matters:
Nokia’s Bell Labs will work on the project (the company received $14.1 million to do so).
- Bell Labs said astronauts can use the 4G network to send data back to Earth, control land rovers and stream high-definition video, so there is a purpose to all of this, according to CNN.
The 4G network will reportedly be upgraded to 5G in the near future, CNN reports.
Engineers on the original Apollo missions from 1969 to 1972 used “radio communication through a network of transmitters, base stations, and relays,” according to reports.