SpaceX from Elon Musk launched the first two of its & # 39; Starlink & # 39; satellites for space-bet internet.
They are the first in a constellation of thousands of satellites, designed to provide low-cost broadband internet services from a low orbit around the earth.
The constellation, colloquially known as Starlink, and under development at the SpaceX facilities in Redmond, Washington.
The goal is to beam super fast internet from the room to your home.
Although satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.
Starlink is different. SpaceX says that placing a & # 39; constellation & # 39; from satellites in low orbit around the globe around the world would provide fast, cable-like internet.
The billionaire company wants to create the global system to help it generate more money.
Musk said earlier that the company can offer three billion people who currently have no internet access a cheap way to go online.
It can also help to fund a future city on Mars.
Helping humanity to reach the red planet is one of Musk's long-awaited goals and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.
The company recently submitted plans to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4425 satellites orbit the Earth – three times as many satellites currently in operation.
& # 39; Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass practically all parts of the Earth's surface and will therefore in principle have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service, & # 39; said the company.
& # 39; Every point on the Earth's surface will see a SpaceX satellite at all times. & # 39;
The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.
This is expected to take more than five years and $ 9.8 billion (£ 7.1 billion) in investment, although satellite internet has been an expensive market in the past and analysts expect the final bill to be higher.
Musk compared the project with & # 39; rebuilding the internet in space & # 39 ;, as it becomes less dependent on the existing network of submarine fiber optic cables traversing the planet.
In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide more people with internet.
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