The First Step to Colonizing Mars: High Speed Internet


That’s one small step for Elon Musk and one giant leap for technology. What seems like a bizarre idea from an intergalactic millennial has become a potential reality. Elon Musk has announced plans for high speed internet on Mars. 

It’s no secret that one day Musk hopes to colonize Mars, and in retrospect, having high speed internet seems like a necessity to make that dream possible. SpaceX, a company that manufactures space exploration tech founded by Musk in 2002, plans to have 50 million people living life on Mars by 2050. An extraordinary amount of people such as this surviving in a dead environment may seem outlandish, however SpaceX has plans for the transportation of civilization to Mars. 

One thing that hadn’t quite made sense until recently, was the way in which each planet would share info; there was no means of communication.

Their plan to introduce high speed internet to Mars was similar to that of their developing Starlink network. within Earth’s orbit. Starlink has, as of now, deployed 955 satellites in the low orbit of Earth; each of these are considered active. This satellite network is designed to make the internet significantly faster with a connection of 100mbps, and reduce excessive lagging that average internet users often experience. Each satellite uses lasers to connect with four others that are also within earth’s low orbit. With an immense weight of 500 pounds the satellites take up about as much space as an average office desk. A system just like this, obviously with a few minor tweaks, is considered to be possible in terms of being successful in Mars’ orbit as well. 

If legitimate plans were released to the public regarding the specifics of this revolutionary project, we can be sure that an intergalactic starlink station will be a reality. And in doing so it would provide the first step in colonizing mars, thus giving hope to Musk’s dream. The internet never ceased to amaze the world. Why should it stop now?