SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirms new Internet satellite plan
WiFi for the world
This week, technology entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that his company is going to be starting a programme involving "advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations" – with the formal announcement for the project promised to be unveiled in "2-3 months".
Musk is working on the new plan with satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who – according to the Wall Street Journal – had spent time planning a similar mission at Google. The duo are now trying to devise a feasible and seemingly low-cost way to put about 700 satellites – each weighing less than 250 pounds – into orbit to provide wireless Internet anywhere in the world.
If all goes to plan, the orbital satellites would be smaller, more affordable, and more widely deployed than those currently in commercial use.