SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Wants To Launch 4,425 Satellites To Provide Internet Globally

The SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, plans to launch  4425 satellites in orbit of the Earth to provide internet service globally.

elon musk plans to launch internet globally

In order to complete this mission SpaceX has requested permission from USA government for the operation of  4,425 satellites to provide internet service.

In the file submitted they have mentioned that “The entire system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide”

How much it would affect ?

If this happens then this space-based technology would be great alternative to cable,fiber-optics & other internet access medium available nowadays & also there will be huge increase in number of satellites in earth’s orbit which is estimated by over 300%,if the satellites deployed successfully then this space-based internet network will be able to offer speed up to 1 Gbps for the end users.

Is SpaxeX first to provide such a system ?

Absolutely not ,SpaceX is not going to be the  first  who will provide internet access from space. OneWeb and by Boeing are also same kind of internet-via-satellite networks & both are under development.

About the Satellite ?

The size of the satellite is the size of an average car and weighing approx 386kg.Not any specific date has been set for the launch of the satellites and its considered that satellites would orbit in a range between 714 miles to 823 miles from the Earth.

How much it would cost ?

According to Ceo Musk  the plan would cost at least $10bn.


For more details you can check company’s 102-page technical document.




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  1. Could Elon Musk become a modern Cosimo de’ Medici, the 15th Century Banker to the Pope?

    POSSIBLE IMPACTS of his Internet satellite network ambitions:
    * Democratization of Education to emerging nations through distance learning
    * Improved global health & wellness through telehealth, leading to dramatic increases in average lifespan, as well as over-population issues that might encourage some sort of genocide
    * Lower wages in developed countries as work is outsourced to populations with the cheapest workers, or automated by technology
    * Control of public opinion and “fake news” through deep packet inspection and filtering
    * Manipulation & control of world financial systems as they move online with systems like BitCoin
    * Control of global politics, favoring friendly politicians and nations
    * Spark a world war if China, Russia or others view this as a threat and begin destroying each new satellite as they go online

    It’s one thing for such power to be in the hands of a government that is supposed to serve public interests but still might be manipulated by politicians and special interests. It’s quite another for such power to be in the hands of a single individual, or a corporation that is legally bound to serve shareholder investment interests rather than public interests.

    Even as a retired IBM technologist and futurist with a historically optimistic view of the future, I worry about the potential negatives of the widening wealth gap and concentration of power as the pace of tech innovation accelerates exponentially and continually, and as capital adds more value than labor.


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