How SpaceX Plans to Bring Fast Internet to the Whole World
After multiple delays, SpaceX launched two small prototype satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, Feb. 22 around 9:17 AM EST. This is what Elon Musk is claiming to be the beginning of a new way to connect humanity.
The launch will carry the larger Paz telecommunications satellite, with the two smaller prototype satellites, named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, as part of the relatively secret project known as Starlink.
Current satellite internet services rely on a handful of big satellites in geostationary orbit over 22,000 miles above Earth, according to CNet.
Signals and data travel back and forth between satellites and customers’ satellite dishes, as well as larger ground stations on Earth, to bring internet into homes. A major problem is that in rural areas very few options are available.
Traveling thousands of miles from orbit can cause high levels of latency when using satellite internet, making things like video calls and gaming to be extremely difficult when there’s lag and delay in the line of data.
Starlink aims to use satellites at a lower orbit to cut down on lag time, but will require way more satellites to be in orbit due to them being closer to Earth. The closer proximity cuts the area they can “see,” so more will be necessary in order to cover the entire planet’s radius.
According to SpaceX’s application to the Federal Communications Commission, the plan for phase one is to deploy 4,425 smaller satellites in low Earth orbit between 684 miles and 823 miles above us.
Once the first 800 are up and running, it will be enough to provide initial U.S. and international coverage for broadband services. The remaining satellite adds will expand international coverage and add capacity worldwide, with plans to add over 7,500 satellites later on at around 211 miles in altitude.
Full service internet “probably won’t be up and running until the middle of the next decade,” according to Musk.
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U.S. Manufacturing Output Still Advancing
U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for a second month after health advances consistent with ongoing expansion in the industry, according to Federal Reserve data released.
Lower taxes and a pickup in overseas markets are spurring business investment, with steady hiring, rising home equity and elevated confidence also indicative of sustained consumer demand said Industry Week.
The Institute for Supply Management’s index showed that factories expanded more than forecast in January, and rivaling the fastest pace in more than 13 years.
U.S. manufacturing makes up 75% of the total industrial production, and accounts for 12% of the U.S. economy as a whole.