Wednesday, 30 November 2016

This Guy Is Building A WiFi Hotspot That Will Cover The Whole Earth

Internet access is a quintessential part of modern existence. Millennials will search far and wide for a suitable connection (to browse the web, send an iMessage, or post on Instagram).
But unfortunately there are still huge swaths of the world without online capabilities.
So in an equal opportunities initiative
Elon Musk plans to enshroud the entire planet with high-speed internet coverage – using satellites to build to largest WiFi hotspot known to humankind.
In a recent application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tech entrepreneur and SpaceX founder asked for permission to launch over 4,400 satellites into our atmosphere.
Each satellite in this proposed constellation is around the size of a MINI Cooper and is said to orbit between 1,150 km to 1,275 km above Earth.
At these heights one space station could cover an ellipse around 2,120 km wide, Science Alert reports.
“The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and professional users worldwide,” SpaceX writes.
“With deployment of the first 800 satellites, the system will be able to provide US and international broadband connectivity.”
“When fully deployed, the system will add capacity and availability at the equator and poles for truly global coverage.”

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