SpaceX Is Launching Micro-Satellites To Deliver “Internet”
The race is on. From Google to Facebook everyone wants to race to space and provide us with cheap and faster “internet.” From Drones to Balloons we have seen it all and they are all spending billions to be on our heads with satellites and all they will do is give us the internet. I hope the world will be this simple.
A report that appeared in the Wall Street Journal suggested that the company has been developing small satellites for just that purpose. Former Google Inc. executive Greg Wyler, who founded WorldVu Satellites, is reportedly working with them on the project. While there was no confirmation from SpaceX, founder and everyman billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter and, pretty much, verified it.
Musk didn’t exactly add plenty of details about the plan, but he did mention that the report got a few things wrong and that SpaceX is likely to release an official announcement no later than February. That’s just around three months out, so it’s probably an indication that development is quite far along.
According to the report, each of the satellites will weigh no more than 250 pounds and measure around half the size of the smallest communication satellites currently in operation. These “advanced micro-satellites” will operate in large formations, with each grid serving a specific area of the world. Around 700 of the satellites will be launched for the project.