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Giant satellites in geosynchronous orbit to provide internet directly to smartphones

•, brian wang

The FISO (Future In-Space Operations) Telecon Series hosts the presentations. As of August 2015, Dan Dumbacher, former Deputy AA of HEOMD at NASA HQ and Director of the Engineering Directorate at MSFC, as well as a leader in major NASA programs, now on the faculty of Purdue University, has joined as a FISO telecon co-chair. This is not a NASA telecon.

Tethers Unlimited work is one of four projects out of 150+ NASA Innovative Advanced Concept projects that were highlighted in a NASA technology review.

Rob Hoyt described several projects which could lead to the construction of 27 large geosynchronous satellites that could provide high-speed internet directly to smartphones.First they are working on a platform of several satellites in geosynchronous orbit. They would all share electricity, data and other services. This would improve the profitability of the satellites.They are also working on the construction of large antennas in orbit. The would be able to provide 12 gigabit per second internet from geosynchronous orbit. There is a 2017 patent for the Orbweaver system for building large antennas in orbit.

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