NASA recently awarded Nokia $14.1 million to deploy cellular networks on the moon as part of a $370 million contract under NASAs critical point selection program to promote research and development in space exploration.
Nokias research arm Bell Labs provided more details on twitter, and the company plans to make the network support the rovers wireless operation and navigation, as well as streaming video. The network is compact and efficient and specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space.
In a live broadcast, NASA said the network would expand to spacecraft and help develop technologies suitable for the moon. In a live broadcast, NASA director Jim bridenstine said that although there was no detailed timetable for the project to become a reality, it was all in support of NASAs goal of building a lunar base on the moon in 2028.