The bold plan to go to the world with high speed satellite internet may not be as crazy as it sounds and can be a license to print money, says a leading Internet network expert.
The low level of latency in the universe, in which satellite satellite in the low Earth orbit collapses wireless super fast Internet, sounds more effortless and cost than worth. But the Silicon Valley has been exploring the idea over the past few years – and one man especially wants to become a reality. So far you know him well.
He is the controversial billionaire Elon Musk, whose private space company SpaceKs wants to build a constellation of communications satellites within a project called Starlink.
On Friday, the company approved the approval of the US Federal Communications Committee (FCC) to send an additional 7518 satellites to space as part of an ambitious plan, but on an already approved 4400.
The main components of this project have already been made, but certainly not to the extent that SpaceKs should make Starlink successful.
Professor Mark Handlei of the Department of Computing at the University College in London is a network topology expert and recently made a simulation for Starlink to work.
"The devil is in detail, and SpaceKs seems to push the limits of what has been done on several fronts at the same time," he told nevs.com.au. But he thinks the project is feasible.
Prof Handlei wrote down the company's FCC submissions to get a rough idea of what SpaceKs wants to do. The most interesting thing is that the company is likely to rely on lasers instead of radio waves to record messages between satellites because it did not look for a radio spectrum for satellite communications.
"We mostly concluded this by omitting any radio frequencies for inter-satellite communication and discussing certain components of optical communications that could survive the re-entry," said Prof. Handlei. "This was later confirmed in additional FCC communications, but we still do not know exactly how they plan to use laser connections to connect satellites together."
The video below shows what it looks like. Prof Handlei said that he used some educational speculation and basic physics to "fill gaps" of what could be possible for SpaceKs.
ELON & # 39; S BIG VEAPON
SpaceKs has some of the world's most advanced rocket technologies and its reusable pioneering rockets will prove to be key to the Starlink plan. The missile system enables amplifiers, which are usually discarded after a single use, to safely land on land and reuse for other launching.
"Without it, it's hard to see how it would be sustainable," said Professor Handlei. "It's important to realize that they not only build it once. Satellites have only a lifetime of five to seven years, so they look at the need to run on average two satellites per day, constantly.
"It's likely to get about 25 to 30 satellites on a single rocket, and much more if the BFR next-generation missile is exhausting, so it's not that crazy to get it first."
It is clear that SpaceKs, which works closely with NASA, is supported by the US government.
"I'm excited to see what these services can promise and what these proposed constellations can offer," said FCC chairman Ajit Pai on Friday after SpaceKs received the permission to launch more satellites, provided it continued its plan.
PERMIT FOR PRINTING MONEY
In addition to providing the Internet almost every corner of the world, such a network provides one major advantage – it has the potential of significantly lower latency for distance communications. This is because the free space lasers communicate with the speed of light in a vacuum, which is faster than the speed of light through the glass as it is used in fiber optic cables on the ground.
According to Prof Handlei, there is a potential genius.
He believes that something like Starlink can be extremely attractive to high-speed traders at large banks that might be willing to take advantage of the speed of trading-based trading on the stock exchange and currency exchange.
It could sound like a foreign concept, but the ability to wipe out milliseconds from your latency can turn into big dollars for these firms, which are looking to take advantage of them to react in the market faster than others.
Michael Levis's book from 2014 Flash Bois began the growth of high-frequency trading and started to describe a $ 300 million project by Spread Netvorks to build 1331 km of cable that cuts directly across the mountains and rivers from Chicago to New Jersey, with the only goal of reducing transmission time data from 17 to 13 milliseconds .
Theoretically, SpaceKs could charge high premiums for accessing the Superlink Starlink network.
"I think that the benefits of a low latency will be what makes the most money, and its use by the financial industry will probably pay a large number of accounts," said Prof. Handlei.
"I think the social benefits of connecting remote sites will be huge, and they will contribute to revenue, but if it's about connecting distant locations, I think Starlink might not pay for it."
Prof Handlei presented his research work this week to the Starlink simulation at the Seattle conference.
"It may be surprising that many networkers do not know about Starlink plans," he said.
"This will not only be an existing internet set up in space – the speed of change in the nature of satellite paths poses a variety of interesting networking research questions and will undoubtedly keep us networking researchers busy for many years."
In the end, he believes that such a network is inevitable. But whether SpaceKs will be able to withdraw it in the coming years remains to be seen.
Like everything else Musk has done lately, there will be no shortage of people watching.