The latest SpaceX news is that probably after Mars exploration is done, the world will also now have 200x better Internet connection.
Elon Musk, the South African born business magnet, investor, engineer and inventor sees no end to his ambition. The span of his business is not just confined to cars and space colonization.
The CEO of SpaceX brings his company’s latest mission in the field of high speed internet coverage. It aims to enclose the planet with an internet speed 200 times faster than what we have today.
SpaceX plans constellation of satellites.
According to SpaceX’s Reddit page, the company has filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission on November 15 to launch a massive constellation of 4,400 satellites.
The report says that currently there are around 1400 satellites operational in space and 800 of them are in LEO i.e. Low Earth Orbit.
Some of the biggest satellites can weigh tons and can reach the size of a bus. A report from Nature World News, however, says that each satellite will weigh 386 kilograms and will reach the size of a Mini Cooper. The satellites will have the range of altitudes from 1,150 km to 1,275 km. Each satellite will cover an ellipse 2,120 km wide.
The bandwidth will reach as high as 1 GB/sec per user.
The proposed system will allow a broad range of communication services and broadband for commercial, professional, institutional and governmental users. Elon Musk’s company has plans to send 1,600 satellites to one orbital altitude and then 2,825 to different altitudes in four shells.
In the application, it was mentioned that the first 800 satellites will provide a good coverage to U.S. and international coverage for broadband services. The bandwidth will reach as high as 1 GB/sec per user.
According to Akamai report for 2015, the global internet speed on average was just 5.1 MB/s a year. Even NBN network from Australia promises just 100MB/s on an average. Musk discussed this plan in 2015 and the project will cost an estimate of US$10 billion. It would be like rebuilding of internet in space.