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SpaceX Will Soon Begin Its Satellite Internet Network

By Josh Wolford

July 13, 2015

Back in January, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced his intentions to build a satellite network that would provide high-speed internet from space. Now, he's apparently making moves to begin testing said plans.

The Washington Post reports that Musk has asked the US government for permission to begin testing his satellite internet venture.

The request was made in a Federal Communications Commission filing. From the Post:

Musk's FCC filing proposes tests starting next year. If all goes well, the service could be up and running in about five years.

The satellites would be deployed from one of SpaceX's rockets, the Falcon 9. Once in orbit, the satellites would connect to ground stations at three West Coast facilities. The purpose of the tests is to see whether the antenna technology used on the satellites will be able to deliver high-speed Internet to the ground without hiccups.

The FCC confirmed the existence of the request but provided no further comment.

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