Our favorite genius billionaire surprised us last week announcing that it would be good idea to launch thermonuclear bombs at the poles of Mars to make it habitable. Elon Musk has made the news this week, not by Tesla, but by his statement: will no less than 4,000 satellites in orbit . What aims Musk with this private initiative, the cost would amount to 10,000 million dollars? Tesla founder speaks of global coverage of high speed internet . And that would be just the beginning.
The cost of this project is estimated at 10,000 million dollars. Almost nothing.
currently live 7,000 million people worldwide, of which nearly 4,000 million live in remote areas where there is no infrastructure for the Internet . Elon Musk is intended to cover the entire globe with 4,000 satellites in low orbit, to be launched into space – how not – with the means of SpaceX, one of the companies of which he is owner and founder. This plan is not a utopia : Elon Musk has already requested permission to do so by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States
Google already devised a similar plan a couple of years, with whom he estimated it would need 180 large satellites and power in a higher orbit to achieve this global coverage ago. Elon Musk has taken a different approach: smaller satellites, in more numbers at a much lower orbit . The benefits of a truly global coverage of high speed internet – you do not need expensive wiring or signal repeaters – they are evident: we speak of new revolution in a world 100% connected
Imagine the possibilities of a connected world 100%. Literally 100% connected.
Think of the commercial and cultural implications . Even the most remote villages in the world could access the Internet, door cultural and economic progress – provided it is properly used. What could Musk get this global communications network? The possibilities are endless. But the obvious connection income to 7,000 million people to this network pales in comparison to the gains could be achieved. smart cities and autonomous car would stop being utopias and good intentions
Stand you think about it. A 100% global coverage of Internet allow the global circulation of autonomous cars, traffic communications systems and existing infrastructure, which would simply have to connect to this single network. And this is just one of the implications of this true progress, made possible by private initiative, by the way. The project is still in its infancy and it will take years to materialize, but we are happy to know that there is still room for real leaps of progress.
Source: The Independent