Elon Musk has shown us multiple times that he is creative, innovative and future-thinking. As the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, it’s easy to see that he is always thinking and creating. Now, he’s at it again.
Mr. Musk is partnering with Greg Wyler, former Google executive, who founded WorldVU Satellites, after leaving Mountainview. The two are interested in developing a fleet of miniature satellites (about 700) to expand web availability worldwide, making the internet accessible by everyone from anywhere. Each satellite would be much smaller and lighter than current commercial satellites, allowing them to put up ten times as many as the world’s largest satellite company (Iridium Communications). They should also hopefully, be more affordable at less than a million apiece.
If this budding experiment becomes reality, it would put Musk and Wyler in direct competition with Google’s Project Loon and Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, which are both striving to blanket the Earth with Internet accessibility.
Of course, all of these initiatives are in the embryonic stages, but Wyler and Musk have already been in discussions with officials of Florida and Colorado, hoping to find a suitable location to build the factory that would produce the satellites. I don’t know who will be first with the most, but with these technology heavyweights striving to give everyone web access, I believe that we will all win in the end.
Source: Pierce Pioneer