The plan is to extend the internet connection up to Mars, much later of course, according to Elon Musk’s plan for satellite internet. Yes, it’s even more far reaching than what was originally planned. The Tesla CEO told Bloomberg Businessweek his plan at a SpaceX function on Friday.
He said that his yet unnamed Space Internet Venture included Mars as one of its target destinations to the tune of $10B dollars.
Musk, busy as ever, announced his plan after a hectic week and said that a five-mile Hyperloop test track was in the works just the day before. The plan is to for users to avail of a fast, cheap, and global internet connection free from terrestrial wires.
“The speed of light is 40 percent faster in the vacuum of space than it is for fiber,” he says. Low orbit satellite internet providers have the distinct advantage of being able to reach even sparsely populated locations. However, he has a more ambitious dream: he has his eyes already set on the future Mars colony. Musk aspires for a connection that will serve those who will later inhabit the Red planet.
How far is Mars from our planet Earth? The average distance between the two is 140 million miles or 225 million kilometers. That’s an enormous distance for an internet connection to travel, but it’s not as difficult as one might think. Huygens, the probe sent by the European Space Agency to Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, was able to send pictures and data from as fa as 886 million miles or 1.4 billion kilometers.
The technology is already available, improving it will not be difficult. And with internet connections, of course Facebook will also be present. That will be very nice indeed.
“It will be important for Mars to have a global communications network as well,” he says. “I think this needs to be done, and I don’t see anyone else doing it.”
The $10 billion project is expected to begin 5 years from now, Musk said. SpaceX will apply its assets into making satellites for the present. It will also continue manufacturing rockets and vehicles and testing them.