Hello Moon? The Finnish group Nokia will manufacture for NASA what will be the first operational mobile telephone network on the Moon, as part of the permanent human base project of the US space agency, he announced Monday. The 4G network " ultra-compact, energy efficient and resistant to space conditions ”, who will be "The very first cellular network on the Moon", must be deployed on the surface of the Moon by the end of 2022, via the alunisseur on which the American company Intuitive Machines is working, Nokia said in a statement.

A $ 14.1 million contract

NASA confirmed to AFP that this would be the first cellular network on the Moon, where the last human footsteps dates back to 1972. The network, which must self-configure when it is deployed on the Moon, must in particular to ensure the wireless connection of "Any activity that the astronauts will have to carry out, allowing the exchange of communication by voice and video, telemetry and the exchange of biometric data, or the deployment and maneuver of robots", continues the Finnish group.

The contract, worth $ 14.1 million, was won by the US subsidiary of Nokia in a series of cutting-edge contracts unveiled by NASA on Friday. " The system will allow communications to the Moon's surface over greater distances, at greater speed, and more reliably than current standards ", the space agency said in its statement. Two American astronauts, including a woman, are to walk on the Moon in 2024 during the Artemis 3 mission, and NASA wants to establish a permanent base there, a prelude to a possible mission to Mars.