Google planning to spend $1B on Internet satellites, says WSJ

Himanshu Arora

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Google is planning to spend more than $1 billion on low-Earth orbit satellites to bring internet access to unwired regions of the globe, according to the Wall Street Journal. Details are scarce at this time, but it is being speculated that the...

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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An interesting way to gain new potential customers.
They'll make their money back tenfold, the only thing is they should've started this project sooner. The boys (& girls) at Google sleep at night when they are supposed to, not on the job.
 
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The current users of today will be paying for it. I am not so sure that there will be any more real money though, because I don’t think that there is anymore spare money in the world.


However, looking at it on a grander scale, for the evolution of mankind, it is a necessary leap. Otherwise the current users of today will be paying for it in another way.


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MilwaukeeMike

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The current users of today will be paying for it. I am not so sure that there will be any more real money though, because I don’t think that there is anymore spare money in the world.


However, looking at it on a grander scale, for the evolution of mankind, it is a necessary leap. Otherwise the current users of today will be paying for it in another way.


From DW.UK
Huh? I don't know about you, but that check I write to Google every month to use their search engine and Gmail doesn't really break my budget.

Details are scarce at this time, but it is being speculated that the project will probably start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites.
Interesting... I thought most satellites like this were geo-synchronous, meaning they orbited at exactly the speed the earth turns so they stay directly above the area they want to cover. I believe this means they have to be at a precise height. I could be wrong though, and who knows maybe Google found away around it.