Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Company has just unveiled the Project Kuiper project, while Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink launches into orbit 60 Internet-connected satellites.
The space Internet war is heating up. Blue Origin, SpaceX Starlink and OneWeb are investing billions of dollars in this ambition to provide satellite Internet connection services to Americans and globally.
The low-orbiting satellite Internet projects that Blue Origin, SpaceX Starlink and OneWeb can help broadband Internet users save tens of billions of dollars. According to calculations, only in the US market, Internet users can save $ 30 billion per year.
Low-orbiting Internet satellites are located 160 – 1,931 km above the ground compared to 35,405 km of GEO satellites. Lower elevation helps satellites transmit information faster, with better service quality than fiber optic cable and broadband.
Low orbital satellite Internet technology also provides Internet access to remote areas that other connectivity solutions cannot access. The launch of this type of service will significantly reduce the monthly Internet charges of hundreds of millions of Americans.
Each satellite is about the size of an office table and weighs 227 kg, comes with a solar panel with antennas that bring data up and down the ground.
However, this first Starlink satellite “squadron” lacks an important part of the laser beam.
Future lasers will connect each satellite to the other 4 satellites to form a strong network and to keep internet traffic close to the speed of light in a vacuum.
That is almost 50% faster than fiber and gives Starlink a huge advantage. This first “squadron” tested the Starlink satellite internet by routing data from one satellite to another via existing ground cables.
SpaceX’s goal is to launch up to 12,000 similar satellites before the 2027 deadline and the Starlink project proposal could start making money before maximizing the whole.
Starlink, if provided, can bring broadband internet almost without lag to most areas of the earth.