SpaceX Births ‘Space Internet’ Project Eyeing the Revival Of Motorola’s Iridium Dream, Lays Martian GroundworkBy Apple Williams, UniversityHerald Reporter
SpaceX has met with FCC last Feb. 28 and Mar. 10 in talks regarding the two known ambitious projects Elon Musk nurtures. First is the highly-publicized plans initiating commercial space flights to the moon while the second agenda pertains to, probably the most intriguing, Elon Musk attempt to revive "Space Internet" project which Motorola initially funded in the 1990s.
According to The Verge, SpaceX executives held a meeting with FCC advisers and Chairman Pai during the above-mentioned dates as the latter gather support that will advocate its projects. Elon Musk is reportedly absent during the talks but his goal is to build a globe-spanning satellite network that delivers data directly to the individual device or small station base.
SpaceX is keen in making the "Space Internet" come to life despite the fact that similar project like the Iridium failed tremendously and went bankrupt nine months after it commenced. Its main rival in the internet expansion, the Qualcomm-backed Globalstar project did not last either.
However, 2017 is a ripe age for SpaceX's "Space Internet" shot having the most advanced devices and wireless innovations. The project is more feasible in this new age especially when 5G technologies are making its own base and demands more data.
SpaceX "Space Internet" project is part of Elon Musk's space system that will connect the future Martian colonies to Earth. Since the Mars colonization has not commenced yet, the "space Internet" is aimed to provide easy and stable connections to the most remote areas of the Earth.
SpaceX has filed this proposal that shows its technical information and supplement schedule. According to the said proposal, SpaceX would work with 4,425 satellites in 83 non-geostationary orbit planes 700miles above the surface of the Earth.
The SpaceX "Space Internet" system is intended to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for commercial, institutional, governmental, residential and professional users worldwide. The project is five years away from operation and expected to cost at least $6 billion.