Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Putting the internet into orbit

Posted: February 5, 2015

Putting the internet into orbit

Associate Professor James Cutler is in a New Scientist article titled, “Multibillion-dollar race to put internet into orbit.”

The article states that the race is on for “ringing the planet with satellites that will allow anyone, anywhere, to get online at broadband speeds.”

Miniaturization and large drops in the cost of satellite components are boosting the push to space, Cutler told New Scientist. These have combined to increase access to orbit as never before. "I've got students that will leave with a master's and have built and launched five or six spacecraft," says Cutler. "That's never happened before."

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(Image: NASA)

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