SpaceX bets the house to become satellite Internet provider. SpaceX, the upstart California company that brought the world reusable rockets and dramatically lower launch costs, now has plans to beam broadband Internet from space to consumers around the world. Source 1g.
Wow, this is a very gutsy move. But really, wouldn't this be amazing if this works? Near Earth space has become so incredibly important in a relatively short time.
I have heard many ideas of how to bring internet to everyone for fairly cheap, but haven't seen anyone make good on their promises yet. It would be amazing if SpaceX was able to, but I imagine it will still be a ways off. It will be like the geosynchronous satellites required for GPS navigation, it took many years to get the quantity up there to get accurate GPS data. I imagine it'll take a while to get enough satellites up for coverage to be really effective (Even in just the US).
Even if they are able to provide this one will have to wonder how more crowded the near earth orbits are going to become. Sooner or later we will need to start cleaning up a lot of the junk up there.
Amen to that and sooner is better than later. There is a pretty substantial chance that we are going to lose a very expensive satellite at some point. And more than just expensive, it could be critical to infrastructure.
We need to start offering a bounty for items confirmed cleaned from orbit (And a hefty penalty for new items added). A specialized ship could remove thousands of junk items in a week's sojourn, we just need to give someone incentive to build it.
This is genius. And I'm sure a consortium of of coutnries would play for it too. It would be well worth it since a piece of space junk could cripple a billion plus dollar satellite.
SpaceX is the answer to NASA's problem of being the sole force for space. NASA has a lot of red tape and bureaucracy that SpaceX does not and this means that it can move forward with more unique ways to get the job done. I will like to see how it works out in 10 years from now.