NASA has a total of $370 million to award to the companies like SpaceX, from where Nokia's USA arm has got $14.1 million.
But what if we told you, you'll get 4G network on Moon too?
This contract is between NASA and Nokia's USA subsidiary, and it is aiming to achieve support for communication on the surface of the earth at a greater distance and faster speed.
NASA is planning to take a walk on the moon sometime in 2020 and this time it might just take Nokia's help to communicate up there. It was planned to do this in 2018 in collaboration with PTScientists, a German space company, and Vodafone UK to launch an LTE network at the site of the Apollo 17 landing, but the mission never got off the ground.
Jim Bridenstine, Nasa administrator, added the space agency aims to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028. The 4G network will be used by not only rovers but also astronauts on the proposed lunar base.
This all sounds so fascinating that it makes it hard to comprehend that this is no longer a fantasy and we may actually get a 5G or 6G on the moon one day too and that we may actually inhabit the surface of the moon someday as we live on earth!
For now, to set up the network on the Moon, Nokia will test the current terrestrial 4G communication equipment and will modify the systems to suit the lunar environment.
"We want to build the [lunar] infrastructure.that is going to enable an global partnership for the biggest, broadest, most diverse inclusive coalition of researchers and explorers in the history of humankind", UPI.com quoted Bridenstine as saying.
Still, the first time that Nokia started a similar project was a couple of years ago. This is one of the several contracts NASA is awarding to multiple companies, as it has plans to return to the moon.