Elon Musk's SpaceX set to surround Earth with 4,425 satellites for faster internet

By Brian Ang Nov 30, 2016 09:31 AM EST
Elon Musk Intends to Establish Superfast Net Over the Globe
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks at the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The Dragon V2 manned space taxi, an upgraded version of the unmanned spacecraft Dragon, will be capable of sending a mix of cargo and up to seven crew members to the International Space Station. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Aside from mapping out space programs, tech innovator Elon Musk has other sophisticated things in mind. This time, the billionaire entrepreneur wants to wrap the globe with high-speed web scope.

As of late, the aerospace organization has requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites. It is quite interesting to note that the numerous ancillaries match the extensive application forms which the company will be filing.

It is even more remarkable that the total satellites which SpaceX will employ completely outnumber what has already been established in space. Based on a compilation by the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are 1,419 active technological subsidiaries encircling the Earth. In addition, around 2,600 non-functioning tech entities are still floating in space.

Compared to the satellites already installed by telecommunication companies in the past, the provisions of SpaceX is on another level which means that those bus-sized ancillaries weighing several tons and instituted around 35,000 km or 22,000 miles above the planet are simply ancient versions of what Musk's group will set up.

The proposed SpaceX link network comprises of satellites that are close to the size of a mini-cooper vehicle. These objects weigh about 386 kilos or 850 lbs. These things are capable of orbiting between the altitudes of 715 miles or 1,150 km to 790 miles or 1,275 km. It is astounding to note that each satellite has a coverage range of 1,300 miles or 2,120 km.

Based on its FCC application, Elon Musk's company will be proceeding with a two-stage outline. The first step will be position 1,600 satellites at one orbital altitude. The next phase will involve placing 2,825 more at four different elevations.

It has been unveiled that the SpaceX internet project will deliver key noteworthy components. Primarily, uses will be able to tap a downlink capacity average of 20 Gigabyte per second (Gbps). It only gets better as the system gets enhanced.

Next, traffic routing will be managed through optical links where frequencies can be recycled across various satellites. Then, broadband performance will run at 1 Gbps for every end user. It is perceived that the satellites will have a working span between 5 to 7 years after which the decaying factor will set in.

 

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