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This article was published on November 11, 2014

Elon Musk: SpaceX will launch micro-satellites for low cost internet

Elon Musk: SpaceX will launch micro-satellites for low cost internet
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX is working on micro-satellites. Following a story in The Wall Street Journal, he tweeted this morning that SpaceX is developing “advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations” with an official announcement due in two to three months.

In a reply to another Twitter user, Musk said the micro-satellites will be used to enable unfettered and very low cost internet access. He also said the WSJ story got a number of details wrong and “shouldn’t have been written on rumor and hearsay.”

Musk didn’t indicate the specific errors in the WSJ report. It said SpaceX is planning a launch of 700 satellites, each weighing less than 250 pounds. A fleet that size would be 10x bigger than the largest current deployment managed by Iridium Communications.

Image credit: SpaceX

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