OneWeb wants to rebuild the Internet in space, connecting billions not on the Web. Can it succeed?

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 01/03/2019 16:22

Greg Wyler was visiting the satellite operations center, located improbably in a Tysons, Va., high-rise, to pump up the team, to tell them the moment has come. Smiling and radiating a childlike energy, Wyler gushed earlier this month that the system they’ve built is “amazing,” that they are “going to democratize space.”

“It’s a huge step forward for space, a step forward for the world,” he said to applause.

After years, Wyler’s dream to beam the Internet from space to remote corners of the world is finally here, he said. On Wednesday afternoon, the first six of his company’s satellites were launched from a remote launch site in French Guiana, a key step toward building out a constellation that could eventually reach nearly 2,000.

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