SpaceX has filed plans to launch a huge satellite network to provide internet access anywhere in the world.
(CCM) — SpaceX plans to unleash a network of over 4,000 satellites that will provide broadband internet access all over the world, according to a BBC report. The first 800 satellites to be launched over the next four years will be used to improve internet access in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a document the company has submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX as well as the co-founder of electric vehicle-maker Tesla Motors, said that the service would cost about $10 billion to bring into operation. "Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth's surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service," the company said in a statement.
SpaceX has developed prototype satellites, which will be launched in 2017, but the commercial network will not be operational until "the turn of the decade," according to the BBC. The FCC filing states that the network will be made up of 4,425 satellites (plus spares), and these will operate in 83 different orbital planes at altitudes ranging from 689 miles to 823 miles.
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