Low-Cost Internet From Space
A few weeks ago I reported on SpaceX and the newly minted Space Force’s launch of Starlink satellites.
Just last week, our boy Elon’s SpaceX launched another batch of 60 satellites off into the great beyond, reports Space.com.
It’s well-known that I’m a fan of the reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX. This mission was carried out by one such rocket, a Falcon 9. While the Falcon rockets are undoubtedly cool tech, Starlink is the real focus here…
Through Starlink, SpaceX wants to provide high-speed internet access to the globe, bypassing pesky ISPs, according to Space.com. Although there’s no concrete date, Elon and SpaceX want to get it working as early as this year.
This successful launch of 60 satellites is just another piece in the low-orbit high-speed internet puzzle. In the past, Musk has said it will take anywhere from 400–800 such satellites to get any kind of reliable network coverage.
Aside from giving Space Force something to do, Starlink has far-reaching implications.
Many have shared concerns about space, especially low orbit, getting crowded with all manner of satellites. This could make space travel more dangerous than it already is.
But I think the positives could outweigh the negatives. Low-cost, high-speed internet access to the entire surface of the planet is unequivocally a good thing.
Prices have not been announced, but I’m sure it will be a better alternative to getting raked over the coals by any of the huge broadband providers we have today. If Starlink all goes to plan, internet beamed directly to your phone or computer from space could be massively disruptive to phone carriers. And that’s probably not a bad thing.
People in remote parts of the globe could have a reliable and fast internet connection for the first time.
Now, I don’t think Starlink is going to make a connected internet-powered utopia and solve all of our data infrastructure problems. But it certainly has the potential to be a huge step in a good direction…
I’ll be keeping a close eye on Elon and SpaceX as this all shakes out.
To a bright future,
Chief Technology Expert, Technology Profits Daily