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Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. Only problem is, that goal is as expensive as it is ambitious.
To fund his Martian ambitions, Musk’s aerospace manufacturing company, SpaceX, is building a network of thousands of low-flying satellites in space that will provide a global, high-bandwidth, low-latency internet service that it calls “Starlink.”
- Musk expects the Starlink internet service to eventually generate $30 billion per year
“With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,” the official website explains.
And SpaceX has been working quickly on the Starlink project, especially in 2020. So far, it has launched seven missions this year, sending up a total of 418 satellites — which is actually more than any other private satellite operator even has currently working.
In space there’s no pressure – but for SpaceX, the pressure’s on. The company’s goal is to begin serving customers in the US and Canada by the end of this year, and then expand to more customers globally later on.