NASA Nokia Bell Labs 4G Cellular Network Moon
It’s official, NASA has selected Nokia Bell Labs to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon by deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space in a bid to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. This ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution should be completed by late 2022. The company is partnering with Intuitive Machines for this mission to integrate this groundbreaking network into their lunar lander, which self-configures upon deployment. Read more for a video and additional information.



Once deployed, this 4G LTE cellular network aims to provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including command control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video. Eventually, these communication applications will be vital to long-term human presence on the lunar surface.

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Through the Tipping Point solicitation, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. The public-private partnerships established through Tipping Point selections combine NASA resources with industry contributions, shepherding the development of critical space technologies. NASA plans to leverage these innovations for its Artemis program, which will establish sustainable operations on the Moon by the end of the decade in preparation for an expedition to Mars,” said Nokia.

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