Elon Musk Planning To Launch 700 Satellites For Cheap Global Internet

November 13th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

shutterstock_229816345Visionaries are people who see the future clearly before anybody else. That is what most people call Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla and Space X has many ideas that people today may think as crazy as farfetched. But such out-of-this-world thinking really defines Musk as a visionary. He visualized electric cars eventually replacing gas guzzlers and he is on his way to doing it with Tesla. He wanted a future where people can someday go to space, something that his Space X program is keen on planning and doing. But there are many other things that Musk may be planning to do. One of them is to launch 700 low-orbit satellites to provide low-cost internet access on a global scale.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal a few days ago, Musk is working closely with WorldVu, a satellite internet startup. With his Space X program, plans to send out satellites may be a given. His collaboration with WorldVu is a possible reason what these satellites will be used for. True enough, Elon Musk has confirmed these plans in a tweet recently.

The idea of micro satellites circling the earth provides a far-reaching coverage if it is really designed for providing Internet access. With such a system of satellites, it is now possible for people in hard-to-reach areas to get Internet coverage. It is a more ideal solution that trying to build land-based infrastructures in such unreachable locations.

Based on other projects by Musk, his objective may be to provide real global Internet access at low cost. But considering that satellite Internet today is still quite expensive, the term “low-cost” may be relative. But in true Musk style, it may someday just find a market when it is already functional. Considering that there are still around 3 billion people without access to the Internet, the idea may just be quite an interesting market opportunity waiting for someone to tap into. That guy may just be Elon Musk.

Source: Extreme Tech


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