Most have already heard of Satellite Internet Services to get access provided through communications satellites. The old and actual services are expensive and unsuitable for mobile applications like Internet via satellite phone, modern models or services only reach data rates of some kbit/s upstream and downstream. This will change with the next generation of the Internet, the Interplanetary Internet. This new network is an expansion of the current Internet into near-earth space. The first developers and companies of the new Internet are Greg Wyler’s OneWeb, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. These three competitors have their own plans and solutions to connect the whole world with this new Internet from Space.
A big problem for the Interplanetary Internet is the space debris caused by discarded satellites, mission-related objects and bigger fragments. It’s clear to clean up first the space before starting new missions, especially the internet in space. A good way is to move the space debris into higher orbits far away from earth into a graveyard orbit or to the moon and to use them as material resource for future missions. This disposal site could be a perfect depot for recycling resources. The interesting point is you could use old satellites or bigger fragments as network nodes for the Solar System or Galactic Internet in future.
More detailed information, sources and studies you can find on the official Interplanetary Internet Information Portal, which was founded by Change Games Entertainment and the Satellite Apps Network project.
The Interplanetary Internet Information Portal – http://www.interplanetary-internet.com
Wikipedia: Satellite Internet Access – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Internet_access
Wikipedia: Interplanetary Internet – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_Internet
Posted by Oliver Caplikas