NASA Prepares to Launch 4G-LTE Network on the Moon by 2028


Advanced technology is reaching new heights as plans to improve stellar communication unfold. NASA has partnered with Nokia to provide 4G-LTE cellular services on the moon as part of their plan to build a lunar base by 2028. Innovation is at the forefront including remote power generation, robotics, cryogenic freezing, robotics, as well as 4G.  

“Leveraging our rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite communication to discovering the cosmic microwave background radiation produced by the Big Bang, we are now building the first ever cellular communications network on the Moon,” Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs President, said in a release.   



According to NASA, 4G could help make long distance communication more reliable than the current lunar radio standards. It is also mentioned, the 4G network will be upgraded to 5G. To make this possible, Nokia’s Bell Labs received a $14.1 million grant and will partner with Intuitive Machines, a spaceflight engineering company, to bring the 4G-LTE network to life.   

“Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. By building the first high performance wireless network solution on the Moon, Nokia Bell Labs is once again planting the flag for pioneering innovation beyond the conventional limits,” Weldon finishes.  

Setting off to reach new heights on the celestial plane is nothing new. We’ve launched countless satellites and rovers to collect data and explore the surface of neighboring planets. While a 4G network on the moon can improve stellar communication and advancements,, it is worth it to consider how these innovations might affect other modalities such as radio telescopes.  

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