The conquest in colonizing the red planet is going well and completion is just around the corner! So today, let’s talk about what could potentially slingshot our dreams of building our Martian empire, Starlink!
In 2016, the United Nations expressed its dissent on how certain governments around the world are restricting internet access of people within its borders. As a response, they ratified a non-binding resolution condemning this, stating how rights of people are protected offline should also be as how they are protected online. From this story, it’s not difficult to predict that we are not far from declaring having access to the internet as a fundamental human right.
Stop for a minute and just think about how amazing that is. Having access to the internet comes as fundamental as having a shelter, or having clothes, or having food on the table? Can you imagine being revolutions starting from anywhere in the globe, or a group of people being sued just because internet access was severely restricted?
The Internet has definitely been elevated as probably the most important man-made creation of the modern age. I mean, can anybody even begin to fathom what our lives would be nowadays if the internet didn’t exist? Especially with our situation that’s been going on since the past year, everyone has been staying at home. What would we do if we didn’t have the means to order groceries and food at the palm of our hands, or watch our favorite shows? There might be no way that I could reach out to you guys!
Now, if you think that is some level of suffering you can only wish to your worst enemy, I bet you would find it outrageous to know that there are still places all over the world where the privilege of dipping into that gigantic pool called the internet is not yet available. Over half of the total population, to be really specific. There’s a lot of work and cost involved in laying down cables, you know. On the average, if you’re a company aspiring to bring that good old internet to some unbaptized region somewhere in Tibet, you need to have around 27,000 for every mile that you want to place cables on. Now, if you’re a big telco company, and seeing how that from a business perspective would translate to a gigantic loss, it’s easy to sympathize. And that’s not even considering the fact that internationally, the reliance to fiber optic cable based internet is at a whopping 99%.
But we’re not giving mankind much credit if we’re going to think that this will be the end for those areas with no access to the internet. Of course, through our ever reliant ingenuity, we have come up with a solution to this by developing satellite internet. Does that solve the gap problem? Well, technically, yes. But there’s a caveat to it. The satellites need to stay at 36,000 kilometers above the ground, and at that height, the information relay is going to take a bit of time resulting in lag. If you’re a streamer or a professional e-sports athlete, you’re going to get out of business soon if this is the type of internet you’re gonna get.
This is why beloved modern day genius and esteemed monarch of the internet, Elon Musk, through the virtue of SpaceX, decided to step forward, wave at the gigantic crowd, and present an out of this world solution to this problem. It’s quite literally out of this world and you will see why later. Elon plans to fill in the gaps by launching a low-latency, high-speed, satellite internet