Kristine Lofgren

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

by , 06/03/14
filed under: global development, News

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Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing $1 billion dollars on a fleet of satellites which will orbit the planet at a lower altitude than most satellites. This will allow Google to reach those who live without internet, who have so far proven difficult to reach.

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The project is being led by Greg Wyler who recent joined Google after founding his own satellite communications company O3b. In addition to Wyler, Google has also hired around 10 to 20 satellite engineers. Depending on the final network, the project could cost anywhere from $1 to $3 billion, and if it succeeds, could lead to double the number of satellites in the future.

Related: Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

Google has also been working on Project Loon which sends out high-altitude balloons to get internet service to remote areas. “Internet connectivity significantly improves people’s lives. Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all,” a Google spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. While other companies have had satellite dreams prior to this, Google believes that they can overcome previous hurdles that held other companies back because satellites have become more flexible and more powerful for less money than ever before.

Via WSJ and Endgadget

Lead image via Shutterstock, image via NASA

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  1. Eletruk June 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Whatever happened to Teledesic? They invested hundreds of millions, even had a satellite in orbit. Then the whole thing just petered out. Now Google is heading down the same road?

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