This week SpaceX attended the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology to reveal some pretty big news for the company.
During the event, they revealed that they intend to launch their own satellite broadband system in 2019, with plans to launch a selection of satellites into orbit that has been designed to beam low-latency high-speed internet around the world as soon as in the next couple of years.
This is quite the change for SpaceX who have been launching satellites for other people for some time now.
They expect to start launching their own satellites from 2019, when they will launch a total of 4,425 satellites to begin with, and then another 7,500 satellites between 2019 and 2024, eventually covering the Earth with internet-beaming satellites by 2024.
The hope is that these will then provide “fibre-like” speeds across the world to provide internet where is there currently isn’t any, or where internet isn’t that fast.
To launch these satellites they will use their Falcon 9 rocket for the launch.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years and we will be sure to keep you updated about that.