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Elon Musk looks to bring everyone Internet access

Elon Musk looks to bring everyone Internet access
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First it was electric cars, then there was the Hyperloop, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. What will real-life Iron Man Elon Musk think of next?

Well, like Google and Facebook, now he wants the entire globe to have Internet access.  He revealed his ambitious scheme by unveiling plans to launch a fleet of around 700 satellites into low-Earth orbit across the world.

Musk has teamed with a former Google executive, founder of WorldVu Satellites, Greg Wyler, for the project. This is significant because Wyler has experience in the field. He previously worked with Google and his satellite company O3b before leaving those operations to partner with Musk.

Here's where the project gets more interesting. These 700 satellites are supposed to weigh about 150 pounds each, which is significantly lighter than the average 500 pound satellite weight. The satellites are also said to cost under $1 million. However, the report from The Wall Street Journal estimates that the project will total over $1 billion.

The project is still far from reality, but it's rumored that Musk and Wyler have been meeting with officials in Florida and Colorado about possibly building factories to assemble the satellites.

Even if production does start, the first satellites probably will not be in orbit until at least the end of this decade.

While it might be a race to see who gets there first - Google, Facebook or Musk - I am OK if it eventually leads to a world full of people who can access the Internet.

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