Could this idea help bring the world closer to universal Internet access?
Article by Simon Sharwood for the Register
WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Google and Elon Musk backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored backing from Virgin and Qualcomm.
Now operating as OneWeb Ltd but still helmed by former Google man Greg Wyler, the plan now calls for 648 satellites instead of the 700 mentioned last year. Virgin Galactic's nascent LauncherOne program has been picked as the launch vehicle – Branson says he has an “order” from OneWeb.
But the numbers aren't adding up on this one, for several reasons.
For starters, LauncherOne is yet to fly. Virgin's said it thinks it can do a launch in 2016, but space startups aren't noted for their ability to meet deadlines.
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