Internet From Space X In 2020? Only If Elon Musk Wins Again

Internet From Space X In 2020? Only If Elon Musk Wins Again

– As early as 2020, you
may be able to get internet from Space X, but how
will it actually work? Hi, I’m Ben Sullins,
the host of Teslanomics and today we’re gonna take a look at Space X delivering
worldwide, high-speed internet from space. Yep, that’s right. From space. Back in November of 2016,
Space X announced their plan to launch over 4,000 satellites
into low-earth orbit, built with the purpose of
providing high-speed internet to the U.S. and other countries. The problem they believe they will solve is bringing reliable, high-speed internet to hard-to-reach customers,
such as those in rural areas. In May of 2017, Patricia Cooper, the head of this program for Space X, testified in front of the Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Technology for the United States
and laid out their goals. In her statement, she
said, according to the FCC, 34 million Americans lack access to 25 megabits per
second broadband service and 47% of the nation’s
students lack the connectivity to meet the FCC’s short-term
goal of 100 megabits per 1,000 students and staff. As the FCC has noted, there continues to be a
significant disparity of access to advanced telecommunications
capability across America with more than 39% of Americans living in rural areas lacking access to advanced telecommunications capability, as compared to 4% of Americans
living in urban areas, and approximately 41% of Americans living on Tribal lands lacking access to advanced telecommunications capability. While more than 23
million Americans living in rural areas account
for the majority of those who lack access, nearly 10
million Americans living in non-rural areas also lack basic access to high-speed internet service. Space X is at a real advantage here, since they have more
practice launching rockets and then landing them back on earth, significantly reducing the cost of putting these satellites in space. The idea is that these
satellites will orbit around 1200 kilometers
above earth’s surface and, down here, all you’ll
need is a satellite dish to receive high-speed internet. To give you a point of reference, Hughes’ satellite internet fleet, which is the current largest provider of satellite internet service, orbits around 35,000 kilometers. So, by designing their satellites better and placing them closer to earth, Space X hopes to provide
high-speed internet that is compelling to everyone. The initial plans from
Space X appear to be focused on the United States; however,
they’ll obviously be able to expand to other countries as they grow their
satellite constellation. In my mind, that is where the biggest
opportunity really lies for them. Pricing for the service,
known as starlink, hasn’t been announced
yet, but if we take a look at Hughes Satellite for
a point of reference, we find that they offer several plans, based on how much data you use. Their most popular plan gives you around 20 gigabytes
worth of data per month for just under $70. They report to offer speeds of 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload, which aren’t really that bad. That’s pretty good. Now, that is about what I
get on my cell phone provider living here in San Diego,
a relatively urban city. However, if you wanna
compare that to what I get from my local ISP, it
doesn’t even come close. If you live in an urban area
with cable or fiber internet, it’s not likely that this new service from Space X is gonna
give you faster speeds. If, however, you live in an
area where only DSL is available or you only have satellite
internet available, then this could be a
really compelling offer and give you a major performance boost. So, with the details we have now, it doesn’t appear that this
program will really compete for yours or my internet service. So, the question becomes why do it? Well, in short, there’s a
lot of money on the table. While internet access
has improved dramatically over the years, from around 10
million people back in 1993, when the internet was very nascent. It was very fledgling back then. To over 3.4 billion
people, as recent as 2016. You might be surprised to learn
that the majority of people in the world still do not
have access to the internet. This is known as the digital divide and, as the next three
billion people come online throughout the world, companies
are jockeying for a position to meet their needs. So, regardless if you or I
are considering signing up, it really doesn’t matter,
because there are billions of people who this will really appeal to. And Space X isn’t the only
one looking to do this. Google has a project called Project Loon, which will put up weather
balloons that float around for an extended period of time,
providing internet service to these areas where you
really just can’t install the centralized infrastructure. There’s not enough money
there for it to make sense. Also, Facebook has a program where they’re flying these
solar-powered drones well up, not lower-earth orbit,
but really high over areas for extended period of time
to provide internet, as well. So, they’re not the only ones
really trying to do this, but Space X does have an
advantage here by being able to put them into low earth
orbit and having the ability to reduce the cost of launching them, because of their technology, where they can reuse the rockets. In their most recent
statements about the program, Space X has said that they plan to launch two prototype
satellites in the coming months. They also stated their plan is to launch the over 4,000
satellites in their constellation across the next five
years, starting in 2019. Once they’re able to get
around 800 satellites into low-earth orbit,
they said they’ll be able to start offering service. If everything goes to plan, they could start offering
this service in limited areas as early as 2020 to 2021, which is really just
right around the corner. So, I’m wondering what you guys think. Is this something you would consider? Do you live in a rural area, where internet is hard to come by? Surprisingly enough, the majority of the United
States has really poor internet, even in urban areas. So, depending on what speeds
they’re able to offer, this may be compelling
to a lot more people than just those that are “hard to reach.” And if you like this video,
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Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “Internet From Space X In 2020? Only If Elon Musk Wins Again

  1. This could also be a solution to some of those 3nd stages SpaceX hasn’t worked out how to retrieve yet. With some modifications, they could double as tanker trucks to refuel the fleet of LEO satellites. Taking up a replacement load of fuel once in a while to refuel the tanker(s) which in turn maneuver to refuel the satellites seems a lot cheaper than replacing satellites that just fall out of orbit.

    This could be a good candidate for Planetary Resources first volume customer! Mine and retrieve ice, process it and top off the tankers with cheap fuel.

  2. I live in Colombia and I'll my money happily to Elon Musk instead of my local internet providers, their service is terrible AF.

  3. I don't think Elon will be generous enough to deliver to all people in the world. There will be fees.

    But it is a next step of humanity.

    Serious question.
    Any solar storm strong enough to kill most of satellite?

  4. I'm stuck with 3-meg DSL from CenturyLink that costs me $70 a month. Yeah, I would be interested as long as the bandwidth caps are usable.

  5. I've got supposedly 100mb/sec. However, it costs like $70/month because there's no competition (after Spectrum's promotional deals). I believe Elon could pull it off for… Like $49/mo.
    An estimated 50 million customers would reap $30 billion/year! Why not go for a tenth of the world's population (in time), making a billion dollars, literally, every three days!

  6. I think it is probably a bad idea. Even if they can offer 100 meg a second, satellites are expensive to put in orbit, and very hard to upgrade.

    Eventually, you end up with old hardware in space that needs replacing, updating, and risk just cluttering space in the long term. We know how fast technology advances, and it just does not make sense to litter space with 4000 objects that within a mere couple decades at best will be useless.

  7. My dream about working remotely on my Catamaran might come true!  Middle of the Caribbean? not a problem..  middle of the Atlantic.. no issue… Now, just need the boat!

  8. Internet speed when downloading from a nearby data center in many places in the world is pretty great. Nevertheless getting a really fast foreign ping is not for everyone. For foreign traffic internet trough space might be much faster

  9. @1m58s: "…down here all you'll need is a satellite dish…", spoken while showing picture of a satellite dish.

    Not likely.

    LEO satellites move across the sky and they're closer so that the signal is stronger anyway. A high gain satellite dish would require aiming at a moving target (the satellites, as they pass), and they (the system engineers of this sort of network) just wouldn't do that. The user antennas would almost certainly be low gain, not "a satellite dish." The antennas are unlikely to require aiming. They'd have approximately half-hemisphere coverage of more-or-less the entire sky. It's really the only way for it to work, practically speaking.

    If you misused the word "dish", and meant "antenna" then you're forgiven.

    PS: It's entirely possible that they're also planning the system to provide high speed connections to mobile users. A car mounted antenna might be a little puck-sized module. It's entirely possible that they could someday provide portable service, like Iridium but faster, with the same network; i.e. over-sized cell phone with a funny antenna.

  10. Elon says the service should be able to offer gigabit speeds. And for global transmissions it will actually be faster than fiber.

  11. Ben you have no idea what you're talking about. Comparing Starlink to current satellite internet is a huge mistake. Elon is already addressing the issues that plague current systems. You also didn't account for current increases in Satellite technology and the huge uptick in competition in this arena.

  12. All sounds great in theory 🙂 But with so many satellites (4000 did he say?) in low earth orbit, in addition to the stuff already up there, it will be impossible to launch anything into space without bumping into a satellite.

  13. I heard recently [2/18] that they were thinking along the lines of $20, $30, & $40 for 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 75Mbps. That seemed too good to be true.

  14. Long Island, no fiber, Optimum can be fast but can be a huge pain. Would sign up as back up in a heartbeat. Cost is irrelevant to me.

  15. i live near mtn.s and this will make it very nice because i can use my cell phone all the time if needed where ever i am even in the previous dead zones which of course still have access to the sky. wait… satellite dish hmmm. i'm wrong. not cell phone connectivity. UNTIL ELON OPENS A CELL PHONE COMPANY… HEHE. soon i'll bet.

  16. I suggest you look at the video by the Curious Elephant. You never mentioned latency. It's not just about the speed of the connection. I once had Starband by Dish Network. It was good only in comparison to our earlier dial-up. Immediately we discovered that my spouse's networked online game (which worked over dial-up) was unusable with Starband. The problem was with the latency. By the time she saw the ogre swinging its battleax, it was too late for her to get out of the way. So, networked games and any highly interactive application do not fare well with large latency. But, Curious Elephant hypothesizes that lower orbits will minimize latency overhead and that costs may be competitive with cable.

  17. SpaceX sounds like a scam, It's like Elon strives for government support – Like spaceX he talks of going to mars and then AI after the governments funds AI investments and where is all his profits?
    He might collapse like Enron someday.

  18. On my road, only our house doesn't have cable internet. It was built after the cable company had came through already. On the other side of us is farmland, and the cable company won't pay to extend their service to one more house. Our landlord has even offered to do the world like digging up the ground to lay cables, etc, but the cable company still won't do it.

    We have two options of internet at our house: DSL and satellite. The DSL speed is only at a maximum of 5 Mbps, but when we had it, it was less than one. The satellite internet will give about 30-35 Mbps, but that's while you still have some of your 50 GB monthly limit left. When that goes away, it's throttled to 1 Mbps.

    Before this we had 70-80 Mbps cable internet at our previous house we were evicted from. I realize to some that's not a lot, but that's hella fast for me. In our town, the fastest speed someone can get is about 100 Mbps unless you live in the small city center where it can reach 400 Mbps.

  19. I look forward for this revolution. I think technology is the only way for us to free ourselves from the king here in Morocco. They have been enslaving us for centuries, controlling the flow of information. Now we are beginning to wake up slowly thanks to youtube and facebook. As a response, Maroc Telecom, our ISP theatens to shut down the internet. We are ruled by a criminal organisation here and the futur looks dark, please guys in the west help us. Visionaries like Zuckerberg, Musk… Are our hope for freedom. God bless America.

  20. Hi ! you should check the O3B project on MEO satellites they are already there and providing Gbps speeds for consumers

  21. I run an ISP and Starlink is a boon. Putting them in low earth orbit unfortunately will not reduce the coverage. It will be very specific, and very limited by weather and other interference. No gaming and no streaming. Hughes net and mostly all Sat companies are the most hated companies on Earth as they never work. Starlink will be no different.

  22. I live with hughesnet, as known as the largest satellite provider as of now. The speeds are horrible. I get 0.10 MB’s down and 0.01 MB’s up.

  23. I don't trust Musk and his microchip agenda like some evil Bond villain.. we don't need microchips in our brain to connect to fricken' worldwide wifi. Our whole dependence on technology IS the problem.

  24. In the mountains of western NC I'm paying 40 for 10 down 1 up. So yeah I'm hoping Elon can do better for us because upgrading isn't an option for me when the next package is 70 bucks for 25 down.

  25. Not alot of organisations and countries would probaly not allow this to happen since if SpaceX is dominating in the internet industry and offer the cheapest price for the highest speeds it would just crash other internet providers because SpaceX has the advantage of launching satellites… and countries probaly won't like the you guys launching thousands of satellites as some countries may take it as a threath and simply not agree.

  26. Are we really gona fall for another phased array scam. If this could be done iridium would not have gone under. And we would not have unused internet satellites falling out if the sky today. Myself i consider the phased array a pipe dream and when you see it in advertising its clearly a scam just to raise money

  27. Imagine if a company in China, Russia or Iran, for instance, announced plans to put thousands of satellites into LEO to better serve tribal and rural people. I'd totally buy that story, right?

  28. Now SpaceX is launching around 60 satellites tomorrow
    Today is may 15 2019 in India and launch is tomorrow at 8am

  29. i think that spacex should specialize in internet connections for each area eg fast ping for games, high bandwidth for downloads and average for in between users.

  30. The map is wrong, i live in iraqi kurdistan and i have 1000 mbps for about 46$ a month, on the map iraq doesn't have internet lol.

  31. Wow, Starlink is on schedule. Elon has jumped into the #1 spot over Bezos and Branson. I suppose Google is partnered up with Elon to some extent; Yes? No? —- Is there any way Bezos could buy his way ahead of Starlink/SpaceX? No, right? Oh, wait, Blue Origin. BO will crush SpaceX. Crap. Haa; NOT EFFING LIKELY. —- This Starlink lead could represent new collateral with the bankers and ease some of Elon's supposed (more BS propaganda from Big Oil's campaign to crush Elon and Tesla???) over-leveraged life. Yes? No?

  32. Whoa the internet is really overflowing in Africa slowly, while in the west well we're well connected, russia is connected anyway, asia super well connected, mid-east yup really well connected, the whole world is getting internet properly soon.

  33. I'm lucky, I'm from the UK, from London ( the capital of the UK) our internet is pretty good too, we do have our fair of internet issues as well, but nowhere near as bad as USA, I hope the Uk will get better infrastructure as more investments are being pumped into it at this moment in time.

  34. Sounds like sci-fi to me. The ISS fake station would have to even more cgi from the studio to continue to make you believe that mofo is real. I suspect Elon musk is living on borrowed time.

  35. As a person who lives in Middle East thats would help me so much but what about our governments its about money dude

  36. I'm from Egypt and this would be a real game changer for people here who need internet in their daily lives such as myself ( since i'm a web developer ). The internet here is horrible in speed ( avg of around 4 Mbps ) and it's being limited with a monthly quota ( called "fair-usage of the internet" lol ) where you can only download 100 GB/month in full speed and when you exceed your quota it becomes 100 KB/s.

    For me, and many of the Egyptians, it's a huge dream to have internet access slightly-close to decent and it feels like SpaceX is our best bet right now.

  37. 100mbps per 1000 student? ow we here in the netherlands are rocking 225 Mbps per 1 student… that being me

  38. This will greatly benefit all of us especially here in the Philippines where teleco companies advertise their network as fast as 15mbps(which is not even that fast) where in reality its whopping 0.15kbps 😂😂 LOL

  39. I bet virgin internet is jumping on this to make sure they lead thier own internet via the satellite,a 😂😂

  40. Now that Starlink is a fact, it would be great to update your facts with another video – It is said that Starlink speed is around 1TB/s, yes, it is not a type; nothing on earth can beat it.

  41. I hope service is bandwidth limited instead of data transfer. I really hate cellular networks in this aspect, yeah you can have 4g with 100mbs for a whole lot of 30 minutes a month. Yeah good service. This is a communications company scam really.

  42. With that plan buying a AAA GAME and shipping it to the end of the world would be less expensive that the actual game. Data transfer limits are ridiculous. Oh you want that cod downloaded? Better pay 250$ boy.

  43. Someone, anyone, EVERYONE needs to blow up these death rays on the launchpad. Allowing the government to launch 5g into space is literally giving them the keys to killing everyone. 5g is the most dangerous weapon on earth, we'd be better off being killed by nuclear explosion than letting 5g encompass the earth. We're all as good as dead if this is allowed to happen. If you see a 5g tower in your neighborhood you'd be advised to get the city to rip it down immediately.

  44. Sucks when the only internet I could get in my town is at&t and viasat and my at&t Internet has an average of 3 to 5mps which is pretty slow when I try to download games

  45. It kinda bugs me that SpaceX gets all the headlines and OneWeb isn't even talked about. OneWeb has the worlds first satellite production line and can build 2 satellites a day for less than $1M each. SpaceX doesn't even compare.

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