We have heard a lot recently about 5G bringing new options to home internet. Now SpaceX wants to offer even more options by using low earth orbit satellites to bring wireless broadband to homes across the United States.
Update: the launch is now delayed until the 21st of February 2018.
This effort comes from Elon Musk, who plans to build a fleet of orbiting devices to blanket the globe with wireless broadband.
Unlike current satellite internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer far faster speeds without the data caps current satellite systems use.
Today SpaceX is planning to launch a pair of experimental satellites to test this new system.
The goal is that this new system will offer robust high-speed internet, especially in developing countries and rural parts of developed nations like the United States. While you may not be running out to buy this if you have fiber internet, it could bring true wireless internet options to Americans who currently have no real options.
The system also promises to help relief efforts that currently spend hundreds of dollars a day for 5 Mbps internet. With this system relief workers can get access to high speed internet even in areas hit by a major disaster.
If you want to learn more about this system, the Washington Post has a great breakdown of what is being worked on.
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