4G Internet Is Heading To The Moon. NASA has big ambitions to put 4G internet on the moon and has tasked Nokia with turning their dream into a reality.
It seems like the next logical step since 4G has conquered planet earth. You can even find 4G on offshore oil rigs and atop Mount Everest, but the moon?
It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
After all, the goal of NASA’s Artemis program is to establish a permanent human presence on the moon by the end of this decade. So, if we’re going to have people there permanently, they will need a reliable way of communicating with Earth. The American space agency is deciding that 4G internet is the ticket and is heading to the moon.
It’s undoubtedly a big job, but not without precedent. After all, the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) have been using Wi-Fi since 2008 and can even live streaming spacewalks, thanks to gear added to their spacesuits.
For their part, Nokia’s task is creating a local network on the moon, to extend across roughly five kilometers, with designs to enable seamless communications between astronauts and equipment on the ground. However, this would naturally tie into the proprietary system NASA has already developed to enable communications between space and the Earth. That would ultimately give our moon-based humans access to the ‘net, even while camped out on the moon.
The network would, of course, be useful for more than live streaming videos from the moon to Earth or enabling quick communications. Once in