Microsatellites. Image credit ESA
Samsung proposes to place its constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), as opposed most communication satellites that operate in GSO – geosynchronous orbit (35,000 kilometers), the main it requires so many satellites.
According to the study published by Samsung: “Almost two-thirds of the humankind now does not have access to the Internet, wired or wireless. We present a Space Internet proposal capable of providing Zetabyte/ month capacity which is equivalent to 200GB/month for 5 Billion users Worldwide. Our proposal is based on deploying thousands of low-cost micro-satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), each capable of providing Terabit/s data rates with signal latencies better than or equal to ground based systems.”
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The report on structure of a future Samsung space-based internet program, describes:
“We outlined a vision of a Space Internet to make affordable Internet services available to everyone in the world via low-cost micro-satellites. We noted that about 4,600 such satellites operating at data rates in excess of Tb/s in LEO orbit can provide overall capacity of one Zetabyte/ month or 200GB/month for 5 Billion users Worldwide with signal latencies comparable to those offered by ground based systems.”