Satellites are about to become even bigger business. Over 10,000 of them could soon be circling overhead. At least that's what the big players of industry think. Who are they, and just how are all these satellites supposed to benefit us?
Space exploration was about politics and power. Then, science. It's now also about money. And a growing list of players.
Starlink is the epitome of a megaconstellation: It aims to provide global internet with a constellation of 12,000 satellites. Its nearest competitor, OneWeb, aims to launch just 600. But what does any of it mean?
SpaceX has launched a rocket with the first batch of satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is designed to offer internet services from space. The system will need a dozen more launches to become operational.
On July 21, it will be 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Soon others could follow — even tourists. Comfort might be low, but the experience would be truly stellar.
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