Google might be (at least partially) funding SpaceX’s space-based internet


Internet in space can only be a good thing, especially when it is able to stretch to Mars where we can one day play out our Doom 3 fantasies in a space station on the red planet. And an orbiting internet connection is the next ambitious plan from SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk and it seems that Google might be getting in on that action. Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

Google LogoA report from website The Information claims that Google is looking at investing in SpaceX, specifically because of their plan to create a space-based internet. According to the report, a “person familiar with [the price and terms of possible investment]” says that Google is basing their possible investment on a valuation of SpaceX of more than $10 billion, with the amount that Google is considering investing being “very large”.

Nothing is final however, as the deal between SpaceX and Google is said to still be in the works. Google’s involvement would make an awful lot of sense though, they’ve had aerial aims for internet connectivity for some time with their Project Loon ambitions. Elon Musk’s take on orbital internet just takes that idea and lifts it a bit higher. Like 1,200km above the Earth.

Source: The Information via The Verge


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