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Space X wants to launch more satellites for faster Internet

First Posted: Nov 28, 2016 05:25 AM EST
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Space X, the American aerospace manufacturer, wants to launch more satellites so that it can provide super-fast internet service all over the world. On November 15, CEO of Space X, Elon Musk has filed an application with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch over 4000 satellites into space.

"The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide," told by Space x in the filing.

There are almost 1400 active satellites currently orbiting Earth according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit organization made up of scientists across the world. Musk first announced his plans on this project back in January 2015, quoted at an estimated cost of around USD 10 billion. After full calibration and optimization, this system will be able to provide 1 gigabit per second bandwidth all over the world, which is 180 times faster than the average global internet speed.

Almost 4.2 billion people in the world do not have the Internet, which is approximately 57% of the global population. The main aim of this project to provide high-speed Internet connection to every corner of the world at a significantly cheaper rate. This would be a perfect alternative to ADSL, cable , optical fibers and any other connection methods currently available.

The plan is to launch 800 satellites initially to serve the Internet all over the United States. Also, the satellites would follow to wrap the world with their services, although SpaceX did not announce their initial launch date.

Each satellite will weigh roughly 850 lbs (385 kg), which is the equivalent or lighter than the weight of a small car, while some of the biggest telecommunication satellites have several tons of weight and sizes as large as a bus.

Space X would orbit in a range between 1,150 km and 1,275 km above the sea level.On this lofty vantage point, each satellite could cover a space of around 2.120 kms-wide ellipse underneath its orbit. Not only space X, Google, and Fidelity had also invested USD 1 billion into Space X to support this satellite project. 

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