This is one of Elon Musk’s many ongoing projects. SpaceX, its astronautics and space company, uses Starlink. The idea is simple: ensure a high-speed internet connection anywhere in the world. The goal is to send 42,000 satellites around the earth. The initiative is progressing steadily and almost 700 devices have already been introduced.
A study recently published by two American researchers and funded by the US military could assign a new target to Elon Musk’s satellite. Indeed, Todd Humphreys and Peter Iannucci at the University of Texas say the artificial Starlink constellation could also help deploy an alternative to GPS.
Provide continuous navigation to 99.8% of the world’s population
Specifically, this would affect the satellites that are in near-earth orbit (LEO). Your new system would allow up to ten times more accurate localization than with GPS and would be much less prone to failure.
However, there are certain costs involved in building a network of LEO satellites, as of MIT Technology Review, And this is exactly where Starlink is of interest. Scientists therefore believe that a simple software update on existing satellites would be sufficient.
The researchers have also come up with impressive numbers and estimate that their LEO navigation system could provide continuous service to 99.8% of the world population with 1% of the connection capacity of Starlink satellites and only 0.5% of their energy capacity.
Brian Manning, CEO of Xona, a company working on a competing LEO navigation project, tells the American media that he doesn’t really believe in the feasibility of this project: ” We looked at this approach a long time ago and neither business nor technical skills really made sense, so we’re working on an independent constellation “.
However, the two researchers firmly believe in their idea and now hope that Elon Musk understands the potential to change navigation systems on a global level.