Elon Musk is planning to put more than 4,000 satellites into orbit to provide planet wide internet access of up to 1Gbps, using his space company SpaceX.
SpaceX, has requested permission from the US government to operative a network of 4,425 satellites to provide high speed internet. SpaceX filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday. The first launches will send 800 satellites blanketing the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. “The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide,” said SpaceX in the filing.
The satellites are about the size of a compact car and their orbit would range between 714 miles to 823 miles above the earth. The satellites are designed to last between five to seven years. It would take five years to launch all 4,425 satellites.
First proposed in 2015, Elon Musk said it would cost atleast $10bn. Google has already invested $1bn to the project.
OneWeb and Boeing are also developing a similar network, including Facebook’s Internet.org project that went up in flames during a SpaceX test launch.