Elon Musks SpaceX har ambitionen att ge hela världen snabb och billig internetuppkoppling via satellit.
Ars Technica rapporterar:
»SpaceX is seeking permission to launch another 30,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites for its Starlink broadband network, which would be in addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites the company already has permission to launch. But it’s too early in the process to determine whether SpaceX is likely to launch most or all of the additional 30,000 satellites.«
Detta skall jämföras med hur många satelliter det finns idag:
»SpaceX’s constellation alone would dwarf the total number of satellites orbiting Earth today. As of January 2019, about 8,950 satellites had been placed into Earth orbit since 1957, and about 5,000 of those were still in space, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Only about 1,950 of those are still functioning.«
»The company said yesterday that it can provide full coverage of the populated world after 24 launches and had previously said it could make 24 Starlink launches in 2020.«
Detta innebär – om alla planer går i lås – att de delar av världen som idag saknar vettig nätuppkoppling kan hoppa över steget att dra kabel.