If 4G is sometimes faltering in the Paris metro, it will soon shine… on the 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 American space agency, he announced Monday (October 19th).

4G network "Ultra-compact, energy efficient and resistant to spatial 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, specifies Nokia in a communicated.

Useful network for astronauts

NASA confirmed to AFP that this would be the first cellular network on the moon, where the last human expedition dates back to 1972.

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The network, which must be self-configuring when it is deployed on the Moon, must in particular make it possible to ensure the wireless connection of "Any activity that 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.

A $ 14.1 million contract

The contract, worth $ 14.1 million, was won by the US subsidiary of Nokia as part of a series of cutting-edge contracts unveiled Friday (October 16) by NASA.

"The system will allow communications to the surface of the Moon over greater distances, at greater speed, and more reliably than current standards.", the space agency said in its statement.

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