Elon Musk Planning To Build A Space Internet
We have watched a whole lot of futuristic movies, in which we were shown what the future of the Earth might look like. However, even with a ton of new advances, we haven’t actually got the feel of being in that futuristic era. One man, however, is looking to change that as he has revealed that he has plans to build a Space Internet.
This man is none other than Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Solar City and the Hyperloop. Looking at his work and accomplishments, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him making an Internet which is located in Space. No official name has been given to this project just yet, but you can expect one by tonight, when Musk will host a SpaceX event in Seattle.
In addition to talking about the future of SpaceX, he will also announce his new idea of building a space Internet which he believes will allow human beings on Earth to use the fastest Internet.
The Space Internet will focus on a couple of things: first this network will speed up the general flow of data on the Internet and deliver high speed. Secondly, it has to be low cost, so that more than 3 billion people on the planet can use it.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Musk gave a hint on what he is planning to do in the coming years as he stated: “Our focus is on creating a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date.”
The project as you would expect will not be easy to accomplish by any means, as Musk is looking forward to bring hundreds of satellites in the space that will orbit about 750 miles above earth. The lower satellites would help in giving a faster Internet, as this will allow electromagnetic signals to travel at a better speed.
Currently, it is hard to use Skype, play online games and use other cloud-based services due to the lag in the satellite systems. However, Space Internet might just change that.
This new project will be based in the Seattle Office, which will start with 60 employees at the beginning and will continue to grow in the coming years. To work on this project, Musk is looking for “the best engineers that either live in Seattle or that want to move to the Seattle area and work on electronics, software, structures and power systems. We want top engineering talent of all kinds.”
Musk said the Internet service won’t be active sooner than five years, and that it’ll cost around $10 billion to be built. Space Internet is surely an ambitious project, but with the history of the work that Musk has done, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him adding this achievement to his list of accomplishments.
Source: Business Week