FCC has been asked by Elon Musk’s Space X that an experiment should be done to begin an internet service which should be given to the customers through space. Musk also filed an application to the government that they should be allowed to launch eight prototype satellites into space. Signals of the internet would be caught through the antennas. These antennas catch the signals and then send them to the customers at the surface of the earth.
Target of the Space X is to test this new technology of the internet signals from space in the year 2016 but there is still no reply from the FCC and has not given any comments on the request of this new service as this application is yet to be reviewed in detail. The signals of the internet are still available through the space but there are some complications in it as special hardware is required which is still unable to provide high speed and moreover, it is an expensive service.
Funds for this project have been arranged through Google and Fidelity which are around $1 billion.Space X claims that their equipment will have less distance to the earth as compared to the other satellites which are already performing their functions there in the space. The orbit of these satellites would be around 750 miles above the earth surface due to which better and faster speed of internet will be obtained if it is compared with the geosynchronous satellites. This better speed will be got because the light beams will be closer but there is one drawback in it that the coverage of the internet service cannot be given to much of the area. To remove this shortcoming and gain the trust of the customers, Space X has set the target of launching 4000 satellites later which would be able to provide the service of internet to a significant number of people. Another important aspect of the technology is that these satellites will be kept small, cheap and disposable so that the costs of the internet can be low.
As these satellites will be kept closer to the ground therefore there will be gravitational forces in the way of satellites and to face the gravitational forces in the space, fuel will be used and they will be able to work for 6 months after which replacement of these satellites will be necessary.
Instead of taking it as a threat or a negative thing in the technology, Space X considers it as an advantage for it that the due to this they will be able to bring changes in them whenever new satellites are to be launched which will ultimately help them to provide better internet services to the customers.
Space X has to face a rival as well which is OneWeb and it has a plan to launch 648 micro-satellites so that the phone and internet service with high speed can be provided to the people.