According to Tech Transformers, a special report by CNBC, Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced that the company plans to begin launching satellites into orbit in 2019 in order to deliver high-speed internet to Earth. Now, SpaceX announced that it will send 4,425 satellites into space in a Federal Communication’s Commission filing.
Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government affairs, told Tech Transformer that testing on the satellites will begin in the “early months” of 2018; the launch campaign will commence after testing. Remaining satellites will be launched in phases in 2024.
Cooper told Tech Transformer that the satellites would give more broadband capacity to the SpaceX system while decreasing latency, the time it takes for data to travel between sources, in denser populations. The satellites will also help America catch up with modern network developments: “SpaceX argues that the U.S. lags behind other developed nations in broadband speed and price competitiveness, while many rural areas are not serviced by traditional internet providers. The company’s satellites will provide a “mesh network” in space that will be able to deliver high broadband speeds without the need for cables.”
What these means for decision makers:
Based on Tech Transformers’ post, it sounds like technology decision makers in all fields, as well as employees, will see an uptick in internet performance capabilities. High-speed internet means faster communications, faster research, faster transactions, and faster customer service. Plus, with these satellites taking to the atmosphere, this means more physical space at work, and for internet providers.
While some infrastructure is needed on the ground to allocate broadband resources in real time, the satellites will ultimately remove common space challenges, such as digging trenches, laying down fiber and dealing with property rights issues, Tech Transformers reports. This also means reduced stress and less red tape for decision makers involved with hiring an excavation crew and other services to prepare for new, faster network upgrades.