By B.N. Frank
Some days you wonder why you get out of bed. This may be one of them because even though experts say there is too much dangerous space junk already –
AND that rocket fuel is highly polluting –
that doesn’t matter to these stone-cold business people:
SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) – A rocket carrying six satellites built by Airbus SE and partner OneWeb was due to blast off from French Guiana on Wednesday, the first step in a plan to give millions of people in remote and rural areas access to high-speed internet beamed down from space.
“We are looking in the next five years at potentially 10,000 satellites needing to be launched and we don’t have the launch capacity at this moment to do that,” aerospace consultancy Teal Group analyst Marco Caceres said.
10,000 satellites?! That will require A LOT of toxic rocket fuel.
The Russia-built Soyuz rocket was set for liftoff from Kourou, French Guiana, at 6:37 p.m. (2137 GMT), carrying satellites made by the Airbus-OneWeb joint venture called OneWeb Satellites in Toulouse, France.
OneWeb has raised more than $2 billion from investors including Airbus, Coca-Cola, Virgin Group, Qualcomm Inc and SoftBank. It aims to have global broadband coverage in 2021 from about 650 satellites.
Also according to the article – we can expect 30 more satellites from OneWeb every month starting as early as September.
OneWeb plans to begin launching more than 30 satellites at a time every month starting as early as September so its constellation is nearly 25 percent complete by year-end, a person with direct knowledge of the project said.
Not only that – other firms plan to send satellites into space to provide free WiFi worldwide too:
Other firms say they are not far behind. Telesat, backed by Loral Space & Communications Inc, is targeting 2022 for broadband services from nearly 300 satellites.
Washington, D.C.-based LeoSat Enterprises says it has already signed more than $1 billion in pre-launch provisional agreements for secure data transfers for global banks, telecoms providers and governments beginning in 2022.
If you wonder why all of this is considered necessary and beneficial, you are not alone.
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Wireless Information Network
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Ecological Options Network
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- In Power Movement
- My Street, My Choice
- Our Town Our Choice
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence