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Space X intends to build a mega-network of Starlink satellites around Mars to provide the Internet for the millions of people the company plans to send in the process of colonizing the red planet. The network will also serve as a communication bridge between Mars and Earth.
“Once we bring humans to Mars, they will need the ability to communicate,” Space X president and CEO Gwyn Shotwell said in an interview with Time posted on YouTube.
At the same time, Shotwell stressed that they are not giving up on Earth, but trying to give humanity another chance in case that something terrible is happening on our planet.
The satellites are expected to not only provide internet to the inhabitants of Mars, but the equipment will act as a bridge for communication between the red planet and Earth.
The director of “Space X” reminded that Elon Musk founded the company with the aim of building a space transport that allows people to travel to other planets.
The company has already launched 835 Starlink satellites into Earth orbit, a network of satellites designed to provide broadband. The last launch was on October 18. In total, it is planned to launch about 12,000 satellites into orbit.