SpaceX Plans To Launch New Satellites TO Provide High Speed Internet To Earth

space-center-693251_960_720Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has officially received permission from the government of the United States of America to launch a satellite fleet that especially produced to deliver high-speed Internet signals down to earth. This is an announcement that comes just after the successful launch of the falcon heavy rocket system that had Elon Musk’s personal Tesla car launched into orbit.
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Elon Musk currently has plans to put 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to help connect developing parts of the world to the network of information known as the Internet. In areas that already have easy access to the Internet this technology could help to add some competitiveness to the markets as a lot of areas are dominated by one or two Internet service providers. This has potential implications of reductions in price as well as improvements in service speeds.
Last Thursday regulators in the Federal Communications Commission issued approval of the plan to launch the satellite network by SpaceX. This is the first time the agency has approved a US licensed satellite operation to use broadband technology. SpaceX has already launched several demo satellites in order to test the concept and plans have already been made to have satellites come online sometime next year.
In comparison to current satellite Internet technology, the new satellite network would be much less expensive and much faster. The satellite fleet launched into orbit by SpaceX would orbit much closer than traditional communication satellites. Traditional communication satellites stay in a geostationary orbit high above the earth. By reducing the distance, the data has to travel between the satellite and earth the connection will improve in both speed and reliability.
There were still off work that needs to be done in order to successfully watch this program, but it marks an important first step for the company’s plans to help inundate the world with access to cheap and affordable high-speed Internet. While it represents a unique development in the space industry, it has not been without criticism. There have been some individuals who believe that the satellites could increase the risk of space debris due to their low orbiting nature. Elon Musk promises to deliver a high-speed satellite network that is normally effective but is also safe in its use case.

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