The Russian missile test that shattered a dead satellite this week highlights a growing threat of space debris.
Inmarsat Group, the UK’s biggest satellite company, plans to launch a constellation of low-earth orbit spacecraft and set up 5G wireless networks, joining a new space race against the likes of Elon Musk.
Elon Musk’s satellite network Starlink is on track to beam broadband Internet everywhere in the world except polar regions by August, he said on Tuesday.
Starlink, the satellite Internet unit of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, expects to be able to provide continuous global coverage by around September but will then need to seek regulatory approvals.
In a world divided between digital haves and have-nots, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are trying to close the gap by launching thousands of satellites to zip around the globe in what’s known as low-Earth orbit.
Britain is betting that satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a post-Brexit era. But it faces formidable challenges to complete a working constellation and rebuild a collapsed venture.