Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX (among other companies) is not wasting any time getting back to work on new and exciting projects. With the repairing the recent rocket accidents and developing commercialization of space travel now underway, he has already focused attention on another way to use technology to move humankind forward.
The owner of Tesla Motors now wants to throw hundreds of little satellites into space above the planet in order to deliver the internet to every single corner of the world—not just the places with the most people and the most money.
The Wall Street Journal recently shared the story about Musk’s new plan to launch more than 700 satellites—weighing no more than 250 pounds apiece—into space. While that probably sounds like a great idea, it does come with at least one significant obstacle: If he wants to accomplish this, he will have to make satellites half the size of the commercial ones already in use.
Of course, this is Elon Musk we are talking about here so obstacles really don’t really stop him from accomplishing he sets out to do. Thus he is going to team up with WorldVu Satellites founder Greg Wyler to develop a prototype for these smaller, lighter satellites. The two of them are now looking for more partners within the telecommunications industry and are also on the lookout for potential manufacturing partners in Florida or Colorado.
Apparently Wyler had already tried to bring this idea to Google, but abandoned that potential partnership out of uncertainty over the tech company’s “manufacturing expertise”—or, perhaps, their lack thereof. But this is, fortunately, a strong suit of Elon Musk, wich is how this new partnership came to be.
With these two at the helm, it should only be a matter of time before this idea becomes a reality.