Elon Musk is going to launch a fleet of internet satellites in space, but considering the size of the sum it will cost, Kickstarter probably won’t be a viable option.
However according to a new report, Google is about to sign a very sizeable check with Musk’s name on it (or SpaceX – how Elon does his banking is none of our business).
Musk’s plan is to develop an army of SpaceX satellites that will beam cheap internet around the globe, opening access to billions of people who aren’t currently connected.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is close to investing $1 billion in the project, reiterated by The Information. As we reported yesterday, SpaceX will launch about 700 small satellites with a particular focus on bringing internet to developing areas.
Of course, Google itself has been working on a balloon-based project with similar intent, named Project Loon. That may continue, but as is the Google way – why build it when you can get someone else to do it instead?