Earlier this month SpaceX received approval from the FCC to launch 4,425 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites to sell home Internet a few weeks ago. Yesterday SpaceX successfully launched its first set of 60 satellites for the new internet service. Unlike current satellite Internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer far faster speeds without the data caps current satellite systems use.
“This next batch of satellites will really be a demonstration for us to see, and start putting our network together. We start launching the satellites for actual service later this year.”
So what is this the goal of this new system? SpaceX hopes this new system of satellites will offer robust high-speed Internet, especially in developing countries and rural parts of developed nations like the United States. While you may not be running out to buy this if you have fiber Internet, it could bring true wireless Internet options to Americans who currently have no real options.
“This approval underscores the FCC’s confidence in SpaceX’s plans to deploy its next-generation satellite constellation and connect people around the world with reliable and affordable broadband service,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement.
The system also promises to help relief efforts that currently spend hundreds of dollars a day for 5 Mbps Internet. With this system, relief workers can access high-speed Internet even in areas hit by a major disaster.
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