Will Google Or Facebook Soon Launch A Satellite Constellation?
New Space Watch (NSG) says that normally very reliable sauces are telling them that a major company, most likely either, Google or Facebook, will very soon be announcing the launch of a very large constellation of satellites.
What Is "A Very Large Constellation"?
A "very large constellation" is defined as having up to 1,600 small satellites.
And according to other sources, it’s Google rather than Facebook that appears to be pursuing a plan to provide global broadband services.
Why Google And Not Facebook?
Well Facebook has the money, but it hasn’t as of yet shown any interest in advanced satellites or space technologies, and it’s not obvious how a satellite constellation would benefit Facebook’s present format.
On the other hand, Google has shown great interest in space by way of the Google Lunar X Prize and several other activities.
Google Subsidiary Set To Acquire a Federal Airfield
One of Google’s subsidiaries, ‘Planetary Ventures’, has already been chosen to lease Moffett Field, which a federal airfield presently managed by the NASA Ames Research Center.
And part of the lease involves putting a new covering over the giant ‘Hangar One’ airship structure!
Google Recently Acquired Eight Robotics Companies
Google recently confirmed its purchase of eight small robotics companies for a somewhat mysterious new division, which is headed by Google’s former Android software chief, Andy Rubin.
And although Google is of course best known for its Internet search engine, software and other on-line services, its founders along with several top executives also have a well-documented interest in robots, high-altitude balloons, aviation and space exploration.
Google’s Project Loon
Google is already experimenting with providing global communications services and recently launched ‘Project Loon.
Most likely based on the French word for moon, which is lune.
Project Loon is designed to provide global Internet services via a network of high-altitude balloons.
How Much Of World Has Internet Access?
Well it may or not surprise you, but two-thirds of the world’s population doesn’t yet have Internet access!
And Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, that is designed to connect people in rural and remote areas to the Internet and help fill in coverage gaps.
The Advantages Of A Global Broadband Network?
In a similar way to Facebook, Google is also successfully monetizing the mining of user information.
But a global broadband network would give Google an even greater amount of data to mine.
And would enable it to drive far greater traffic to its search engine, as well as to YouTube and it’s other services.