Musk’s low-flying satellite ambitions must first get off the ...

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Musk’s low-flying satellite ambitions must first get off the ground

The billionaire is aware of the big practical challenges, but he thinks it’s important enough to try

Lewis Page

No one has ever succeeded in low-orbit internet satellites, admitted Elon Musk as his first low-orbit internet satellites were launched in June.

He was right, and not because others haven’t tried hard enough. Low orbit has long been a graveyard of tech dreams.

Iridium, Globalstar and Orbcomm remain operational following bankruptcy. Teledesic, Skybridge, Celestri and Astrolink are gone...

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