Sometime in 2020, NASA has plans to take a walk on the moon. Also, it might take Nokia’s help to communicate up there. As per a new release, the firm has said that it will be offering Nokia, a funding of $14.1 million. This is to build a 4G LTE network that can work up there.
So, as per NASA Associate Administrator James Reuter “With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications,” he said. In addition, this could also help the agency to communicate with the spacecraft.
Also, the $14.1 million is a small part of the $370 million funding by NASA. The companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance get a share of $53.2 million and $86.2 million.
Nokia has previously worked with Vodafone to build a Moon-based LTE network for the Apollo 17 landing.
Also, there is another firm which is sending its latest skincare formula to space for a minimal amount. As per a report by Bloomberg, the firm spent some $128,000 for NASA. This is to have 10 of its skin serum bottles ship out to the International Space Station.
The report adds, “Once there, astronauts will take pictures of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair in the cupola control tower, which has panoramic views of the cosmos. The images will be used on social media, with the company planning to auction one bottle off for charity when the items return to Earth this spring,”