Sunday, June 01, 2014

Noted: Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide from Engadget

Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide from Engadget

Google satellite

Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and provide internet connections to underserved areas. While details aren't forthcoming about the machines, there may be more on the way; reportedly, the company could "double" its vehicle count if all goes well. A spokeswoman didn't confirm or deny the efforts, but did note that having an internet link "significantly improves people's lives."

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