Google is planning big. According to a report, Google is planning to launch 180 mini satellites initially to provide internet access globally, including those areas where no cables and earth-based networks could reach and the project could cost around $1 billion for the company.
The report from Wall Street Journal cites source close to the company’s plans who said that the initial 180 mini satellites of around 250 pounds will be orbiting the earth in lower altitude than the other normal satellites and if the first attempt goes well on all sides, then the search engine giant will expanding the project with much more advanced technology as well as large number of mini satellites in future. And if that happens, the project cost could go from $1 billion to $3 billion in no time!
According to the report, Google is desperately hiring related manpower from satellite companies to kickoff the project as soon as possible. Possibly, Google’s satellite internet project might be headed by Greg Wyler, the same guy who founded O3b Networks, a startup related to satellite networks.
Google has its investment on O3b Networks and it’s reportedly experimenting with the large satellites of around 1,500 pounds, but in order to make it orbit in lower altitude than normal satellites Google has decided to launch mini version of these satellites. Obviously, the need is to just provide internet connectivity, so made decision.
According to experts, Google would need more satellites to reach to every corner of the mighty earth and if Google successfully begins its journey, then it will be having one more crown to rule all of us.
If you think Google is the first company to launch internet satellites, you are wrong. There are plenty of small tech firms providing satellite based internet connectivity to users around the world. Even Google also experimented with its Project Loon, where it used balloons to provide internet service for high altitude users.
In March, Facebook also took interest in the same area and announced to launch squadronof drones to provide internet access to any corner of the earth by continuously flying for months at 65K feet.
Two months ago, Google has acquired a company called Titan Aerospace, which was focusing on building drones that was beaming internet signals from the sky and it’s being powered by solar panels. Now with the new project, Google might combine both satellites as well as drones (complementing with Project Loon too) to become a largest high altitude Internet Service Provider in the world.
As of now, only one-third of the whole world has the access to internet. And this is the area, where the tech giants like Google and Facebook are trying to get its hands on. What is your view on this project? Can we have an affordable and speedier internet service via Google satellites?