Just like Gru, Nokia has always been obsessed with stealing the moon. Okay, maybe it’s a stretch, but the company has he had a keen interest in developing technology for lunar missions. In 2018, Nokia was working on a system that would bring LTE connectivity to everyone’s favorite gray and lumpy rock. Now NASA has agreed to hand over $ 1

4.1 million to help make Nokia’s dream a reality.

The project, which involves Nokia’s construction of a 4G cellular communications network on the moon, is part of a series of new contracts NASA is awarding for research missions to the lunar surface. In total, $ 370 million is awarded to companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance with the goal of making the moon a place astronauts will want to call home by 2028.

NASA hopes the system can “support communications on the lunar surface at greater distances, increase speeds and provide greater reliability than current standards.” Nokia’s lunar network could support better communication between lunar landers, rovers and even astronauts. Under the $ 14.1 million contract, Nokia will examine current Earth technology and study potential changes to make it viable in the lunar environment.

While that’s cool and all, I can’t help but feel a little dubious. The last time Nokia wanted to test a new technology on the moon, things didn’t work out. The launch, scheduled for 2019, never happened, and one of the companies Nokia was working with filed for bankruptcy protection.

And anyway, in this modern era of 2020, the moon should really make do simple 4G? / S