Elon Musk, arguably Iron Man in real life, wants to spend $10 billion to expand satellite internet into space. These foundations could eventually end up in the expansion of internet to Mars. Now no more lonely martians, for they will have the beauty of the internet, and all the wonders it holds at their fingertips. Not only would this technology allow internet in space, but also fast and uninterrupted global internet that isn’t reliant on ground based wires or impeded by geo-political structures on Earth. One of the leading causes of internet deficiency. These internet satellites would occupy Earths low orbit layer and would be able to provide internet to sparsely populated areas where the infrastructure required for internet hasn’t made it yet. This includes remote amazon areas, as well as various desert populations. The applications for this are limitless, the level of global contentedness will continue to grow. Eventually it could lead to inter-planetary contentedness. That’s insane to think about, isn’t it? Something like this sounds like a 20+ year dedication project, but Musk believes it may take as little as 5 years and a relatively low budget for such a task. This means great things for the future of space travel as well as earthly duties.
It’s exciting to see this kind of groundwork being laid for man kinds future. Essentially we’re providing the infrastructure for a new colonial era. This is analogous to if Britain would have set up roads and bridges to America before even settling the land. Citizens of this day and age are part of something much larger than themselves, and the implications for the technology is surely a welcomed one. Not only does this imply that Martian colonization is possible, but that it’s extremely possible. With leading private companies expanding their reach, it may not be far off until your planet of birth will be indicated on your drivers license.
I find nothing more exciting than discovery, and these programs that promote and promise discovery really get my blood going. It will be exciting to see how this all plays out and what can be achieved through such a revolutionary idea. Really wishing I could fast forward in time to be able to see the implementation of this technology right now.