Elon Musk’s Orbiting Internet

Elon Musk Plans To Launch Almost 12,000 Satelites Into the Sky to Provide Global, SpaceX, High-Speed Internet Access with No IP…

As if launching a Tesla to Mars last month wasn’t enough, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has filed documents with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to request permission to create an orbiting network of satellites which would provide internet access all around the world. In addition to the application for the 4,425 satelites, the FCC stated that ” “SpaceX also proposes to add a very-low-Earth orbit NGSO [non-geostationary orbit] constellation, consisting of 7,518 satellites.”

This comes out to a total of 11,943 satelites, which are about the size of a car and weigh roughly 900 lbs. The low earth orbit, satellite network would directly compete with traditional internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon, who use cable, DSL, fiber-optic and other land-based internet services.

This number, 11,943 satelites, is incredible when you consider that there are only around 5,000 satelites currently in orbit and only about 1,700 estimated to be active… Read full article