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Can the space Internet generate an annual revenue of 30 billion US dollars? Or become a SpaceX "cash cow"

via:博客园     time:2019/5/24 15:49:58     readed:132


Tencent Science and Technology News, May 24 news, according to foreign media reports, the United States continuous entrepreneur Elon

On Thursday night, local time, SpaceX ushered in an important milestone in putting the first 60 satellites from its broadband space network into orbit. The project is called

SpaceX indicates,

Musk expects,

But it's not clear yet.

Ten billion dollar project

The successful launch of 60 satellites will lead SpaceX to be a leader, but there are a lot of things to do. The company tested two

It is not clear how SpaceX or its competitors will bear the huge cost of building a giant space satellite network. This risk has bankrupted other companies. Earlier this year, SpaceX apparently realized this when it cut 10% of its staff to cut costs.

Musk said last week that SpaceX had

In recent two rounds of financing, SpaceX raised nearly $1 billion to make the company's valuation more than $3 billion. however, with regard to space operations,

Suhail, founder and president of Forge, digital private equity market

In addition, because SpaceX has proved the feasibility of reusable rocket technology after years of failure, the company is in a very favorable position to convince its investors that it can also succeed in this area.


The overall health status of SpaceX also depends on

Musk had long expected,

However, people suspect

Sahdeva said in an email:

SpaceX didn't answer about it.

Experiments and Failures

One of the long-standing beliefs of the scientific community is that the space Internet is the only way to connect the entire world. The idea is that the cost of covering rural areas or poor communities with ground systems is too high. But the history of companies trying to transmit cheap Internet services from space is full of high-cost disappointment.

In the 1990s, several well-funded enterprises have tried space internet projects, including Microsoft's billionaire Bill.

According to media reports in 2002, these companies realized that their spending would grow so much that their final products

Since then, consumers'Internet access services have continued to expand slowly only through terrestrial technology. In December, the United Nations said that about half of the world's population was still offline. At the same time, the situation of the aerospace industry has changed. Satellite technology is much cheaper and more advanced. And, thanks largely to SpaceX, the cost of putting payloads into orbit has dropped dramatically.

However, the task of the new batch of satellite broadband network builders will be to avoid their predicament. They need to find out how to mass-produce satellites more economically, provide affordable Internet services that match the speed of wired and wireless networks, and avoid bankruptcy in the process. (Tencent Technology Revision/Jinlu)

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