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Space X intends to build a mega-grid of Starlink satellites around Mars to provide the Internet to 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.
“As soon as we bring people to Mars, they will need to be able to communicate,” said Space X president and CEO Gwyn Shotwell in an interview with Time posted on YouTube.
At the same time, Shotwell pointed out that they are not giving up on Earth, but trying to give humanity another chance in the case that something terrible is happening on our planet.
Satellites are expected to not only provide internet to the inhabitants of Mars, but the equipment will act as a bridge for the red planet to communicate with Earth.
The director of “Space X” recalled that Elon Musk founded the company with the objective of building a space shuttle that allows people to travel to other planets.
The company has already launched 835 Starlink satellites in Earth orbit, a satellite network designed to provide broadband internet. The last launch was on October 18th. In total, about 12,000 satellites are expected to be launched in orbit.