SpaceX begins its quest to bring the world high-speed internet, launches 2 of 12,000 satellites

Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX speaks at a news conference after the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has taken its first steps toward bringing the entire world access to high-speed internet.

The project, cleverly named “Star Link,” will depend on nearly 12,000 space satellites — two of which were launched Thursday morning — to execute its ambitious mission!

Host Ethan Bearman, usually the first in line to “nerd-out” on technological advancements, couldn’t summon his usual enthusiasm when he heard the news.

Instead, he brought an interesting perspective to the topic, raising the question of what life would be like for the one percent of the population who the World Health Organization has determined suffers from a severe sensitivity to radio frequency waves.

His team wasn’t convinced one percent of the population having difficulty outweighed the benefits rural communities and lower-income countries would reap from the project.

Hear their conversation below.

 

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