THE 21 CENTURY SPACE RACE – Internet for all

“We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy but because we think there might be chicks there”.….or something like that….The first space race was between the US and A and Putin’s people during the Cold War era back in 1955-1972. And now my fellow humanoids we are at it again. But this time its a space race of a different kind.

Until a couple of days ago, Google and Facebook were the only participants in an initiative to supply the whole world with the possibility to download all the free porn the want. But now it seems that Tesla and Elon Musk might be joining the party, with his SpaceX company will be sending satellites of their own into space, and I for one am quite excited. A little competition is always a good thing, especially when you can rival Google.

Google called their initiative Project LOON and as you probably guessed…that’s short for balloon. In short the idea was to send balloons into space and have them orbit the earth allowing the transfer of wireless signals to areas that currently do not have that luxury. It is all pretty cool actually. “Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are stratified, and each layer of wind varies in speed and direction. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network.”

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Currently these ballons can only stay in the air for about 75days or so, but according to the rumors Google are set to launch a bunch of permanent balloons as early as next year….

Round about the same time Facebook launched their version called Internet.org with the idea of “a global partnership dedicated to making internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.” His idea was bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access. And to help with all of this Facebook were looking to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace that will allow them to use unmanned drones to circle the globe instead of balloons. However Google bought Titan first and Facebook had to look elsewhere. Speculation is also that Google will be using the drones for imaging and not as part of Project LOON….so this was the playground equivalent of licking all the lollies just so you can’t have some, even though I don’t really want some either.

Anyway, Zuckerberg has now launched test flights with his own drones over UK and initial specs are that it is the size of a Boeing 747 and loaded with solar panels that will allow the drone to stay airborne for possible years.

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So Elon Musk has confirmed that rockets from his SpaceX company will be sending up satellites which will be used to offer internet access on earth. The launch of this project isn’t going to be announced for a few months yet with Musk simply tweeting about it right now. When asked if the satellites would provide unfettered internet access Elon Musk replied on Twitter saying: “unfettered certainly and at a very low cost”. Why only yesterday he tweeted the following

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Not a lot of info is out there regarding Musk’s plans, and he could be talking about his Home Battery Pack we definitely know it is not a car….We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

 

 

 

 

Source(s): Pocket-LintTechCrunchTheVerge

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