Elon Musk has a new plan to make Internet accessible from anywhere on the globe
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has come up with a new plan to make the Internet accessible from anywhere in the world. He has decided to launch a fleet of 4,000 satellites into low Earth orbit.
Presently, Elon Musk has a lot on his plate. Musk, the founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and PayPal, is also heading towards an effort to make the Hyperloop, the uber-fast transportation system of the future, a reality. But at the same time the entrepreneur has an eye on the Internet.
There is still a surprising major part of the global population which doesn't have access to internet. Nearly 3.8 billion people live in areas which are too remote to be wired to the worldwide infrastructure.
But, SpaceX, earlier this month, urged the US Federal Communications Commission for permission to encircle earth with telecom satellites, having the ability to beam the Internet to anywhere on the planet.
The technology for satellite Internet has existed for some time before suffering practical setbacks. Most satellites orbit at a distance which isn't exactly conducive to reliable services. Positioning of satellites in low Earth orbit, the way SpaceX looking forward to do, will permit better connections, but will decrease range.
Google has now invested in SpaceX's efforts. In 2014, the search engine announced a similar plan, and estimated that it would require 180 satellites to span the entire earth. But, SpaceX's founder has an even grander strategy. SpaceX plan has called for 4,000 satellites to stay in orbit.
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