Saturday, 19 November 2016

Elon Musk's 4400 satellites could provide worldwide wifi

An immense network of satellites capable of providing global wireless internet access is the latest plan of Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The Washington Post reports that an application was filed with the US Federal Communications Commission, proposing a fleet of what will eventually include more than 4400 satellites, covering the entire globe. SpaceX needs regulatory approval from the FCC to use the wireless airwaves that would power the network.

Orbiting more than 1100 km in the exosphere, the satellites could provide speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second per user according to a technical attachment to the filing. SpaceX plans to start by launching 800 satellites.

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