SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies Corp, has plans to provide internet coverage globally through an array of satellites, reported Reuters. The rocket launch service, led by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, is seeking United States (US) government approval to go through with its plans.
According to the plan, a network of satellites will orbit Earth to provide the communications service. The documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission reportedly reveal that the number of satellites will eventually amount to 4,425, but will begin with the launch of a relatively modest 800. The provision of internet access will begin with the US, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
This will provide a space-based alternative to cable, fibre-optics and other terrestrial internet access.Reuters has reported
SpaceX as saying in the documents:
"The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide."
The satellites are set to be launched into orbits ranging from 1,150km to 1,325km above Earth.
Currently, SpaceX is not launching rockets because of the launch pad accident that destroyed a Falcon 9 booster and an Israeli communications satellite on 1 September. However, the launches are expected to begin in December.