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This would create internet speeds that are much faster, since Musk says the speed of light is 40% faster in the vacuum of space than it is for fiber.
But Musk isn't just envisioning an improved internet system for Earth. He hopes that this network will eventually be able to extend to Mars to connect future colonies on the planet to the web.
The project is still unnamed and its unclear exactly how long it would take to build. But Businessweek reports that the effort would be based in Seattle and is starting with 60 employees. That team may grow to 1,000 over the next three to four years.
The table below indicates the communication delay that occurs in a one-way transmission.
Circuit Distance Delay
Time HF link (UK-NZ) ~20,000 km 0.07 s (67 ms)
Submarine cable(UK-NZ) ~20,000 km 0.07 s (67 ms)
Geosat Link (US-Aus) ~80,000 km 0.25 s
Earth-Moon 384,000 km 1.3 s
Earth-Mars 55 - 378 million km 3 - 21 minutes
Earth-Jupiter 590 - 970 million km 33 - 53 minutes
Earth-Pluto ~5800 million km 5 hours
Earth-Nearest Star ~9.5 million million km 4 years
originally posted by: shaneslaughta
a reply to: tothetenthpower
Interesting take on it, thought he did say lights 40% faster in a vacuum i am assuming he is talking about laser communication.
Boy oh boy if its gamma ray communication that makes me a bit nervous as those are some high energy waves that i wound not want to be exposed to.
I can feel my cells just mutating already.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: shaneslaughta
Latency on the speed of light, will be negligible lol
Today's Sattelite ISP's for example, average a 600 - 900ms ping, and that's not light transmission. The average round trip is about 80 thousand Kilometers as well.
I would think it would be more of a line of sight issue.
I must agree though, space travel in my lifetime? Makes me like I'm 10 again.