Connectivity has broadened at a remarkable rate and has truly allowed us to dissolve earthly borders in a remarkable way, but there are still limitations we have yet to overcome in making web access possible across the entire globe. Elon Musk is taking that notion and working to turn it into a reality. Recently, founder of SpaceX and one of the biggest names in space exploration has filed an ambitious request with the FCC: to begin testing technology that would beam Internet services from space via multiple satellites If permission is granted, the project could soon amount to new grounds and competition in the telecom industry.
“The plan calls for launching a constellation of 4,000 small and cheap satellites that would beam high-speed Internet signals to all parts of the globe, including its most remote regions. […] If successful, the attempt could transform SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., from a pure rocket company into a massive high-speed-Internet provider that would take on major companies in the developed world but also make first-time customers out of the billions of people who are currently not online.”
Though the idea isn’t new and serious attempts at such a project have been launched, unsuccessfully in the past, Musk and SpaceX’s track record for reaching new heights in space technology and commercial innovation have led to renewed optimism for such an endeavor. Considering the strides the company has made in getting us closer to Mars, it isn’t all that surprising to learn how global communication systems are due to advance in order to support a human presence throughout all reaches of the Earth and on neighboring heavenly bodies.