SpaceX recently filed to launch a whopping 30,000 additional satellites to power its plans for global internet coverage. What does this mean for us, and how will it work?
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In October 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX sought permission to launch 30,000 satellites into orbit—on top of the 12,000 already approved satellites—as a part of its Starlink megaconstellation.
Starlink aims to beam high-speed internet around the globe, starting with service in North America as early as 2020.
At least, that seems to be the main selling point. Making the world wide web truly world wide by having a web of satellites whose orbits criss-cross to provide global coverage would benefit people in rural areas, or other places where current internet service is spotty, unreliable, or too expensive.
But 42,000 satellites launched into space would increase the current number of satellites in Low Earth Orbit nearly 10-fold—that is a lot of high-tech metal.
And SpaceX isn’t the only company racing toward satellite broadband, with companies like OneWeb and Amazon’s Project Kuiper pursuing similar goals.
But is it worth the cost? What does it mean for other spacecraft? Will Starlink successfully achieve global connectivity?
Learn more about the ambitious Elon Musk project that aims high and promises huge returns on this episode of Elements.
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