The LA Times covers the technical and economic challenges of a space-based web.
Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Greg Wyler’s OneWeb, Boeing and Canada’s Telesat are among the companies that have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to offer broadband service using satellites.
But Rusch said the technical challenges are daunting. Low-earth orbit systems need complex software to run constellations of satellites and sophisticated antennas on the ground to aim at spacecraft zooming from horizon to horizon. Costs quickly overwhelm savings from building smaller gear.
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