Funding obtained for 648-satellite internet constellation


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The competition heats up: A commercial effort to build a 648 constellation of satellites to provide worldwide intenet access has secured funding from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Qualcom.

Not surprisingly, Branson was immediately saying that his LauncherOne concept will be launching many of these satellites, though I think he’s got to get it built and tested first.

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2 comments

  • Cotour

    I think Bransons terrestrial successes, and he has been very successful, in music and established travel and air technology does not quite yet seem to square with this next gen level of space travel. Showmanship only goes so far in space, can he catch up after his setbacks?

    Am I off base here?

  • PeterF

    Looks to me like Elon Musk is about to open a new business opportunity and revenue stream. I doubt that manufacture costs of the constellation will exceed the budget. (If you budget $1.000, final delivered cost just happens to be $998) I’ve always maintained that a motivated machinist could build a satellite in the garage (like Steve Jobs building computers) The incredibly high costs of current orbiting hardware is driven by the insistence on six sigma reliability driven by the high launch costs. The reusable falcon nine will make it cost effective to accept a higher failure rate. Why spend the money for a Bugatti when you can buy 10 Corvettes that will meet your needs better?

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