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article imageGoogle plans to build a fleet of small satellites

By Ryan Hite     Jun 2, 2014 in Technology
In an effort to spread internet access to the world, Google plans to build a fleet of satellites that will circle the earth and provide access to the entire world. It is an ongoing effort on Google's part to serve underserved areas.
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete with its new plan. The Wall Street Journal heard that the firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites that will go into low orbit and provide internet connections to underserved areas around the world. While details aren't forthcoming about the satellites, there may be more on the way. The company could reportedly "double" its vehicle count if all goes well. A spokeswoman didn't confirm or deny these efforts, but did note that having an internet link "significantly improves people's lives."
The initiative might be very expensive, with tipsters estimating a cost between $1 to $3 billion. However, the satellites would eventually pay for themselves. They would really be an extension of the thinking behind the balloons from Project Loon, which is that getting more people online would increase the number of people who can see ads, thus improving Google's bottom line. The orbital internet service would most likely serve as a complement to Project Loon, which would provide data in far-flung, sparsely populated regions while the balloon handles places with greater demand.
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