Reports indicate that Europe plans to develop a satellite Internet system worth 6 billion euros (7.3 billion dollars) similar to the (StarlinkStarlink of Entrepreneur Elon Musk, as the race for global satellite coverage rages on.
A study of the low Earth orbit constellation was signed by European Union officials, unidentified people at the European Commission said For a newspaper Les Echos French.
They said: The constellation sends the Internet to European citizens, especially in isolated societies, and provides safe lines for government communications.
The European Union may make an announcement about a constellation of satellites soon, without revealing further details.
The European Commission said in a statement: The study of the constellation begins at the beginning of next year, and the contract is expected to be signed before the end of 2021.
French newspaper Les Echos said the European Union Commissioner for Industry, Thierry Breton, a former chief technology officer and former finance minister, is heading the project.
The newspaper said: European airline (Airbus) Airbus chairs a constellation-building consortium, in addition to the French-Italian company Thales Alenia Space, the German OHB SE, the satellite operators Eutelsat Communications SA and SES SA, the space companies Telespazio and Arianespace.
The satellite Internet system is costing the European Union, airlines and the regional recovery fund about $ 7.3 billion, the French newspaper reported.
Europe’s possession of a constellation of satellites reduces its dependence on other countries whose space services excel.
And launched a company American SpaceX, founded by Musk in 2002, has at least 830 operational Starlink satellites in orbit for high-speed Internet service.
Starlink aims to circle the Earth with up to 42,000 satellites broadcasting high-speed Internet.
Musk said in November that the Starlink public beta, which is currently limited to the northern United States and southern Canada, could reach Europe by February 2021.
He wrote Tweet She says: The European countries will be able to arrive after we obtain the necessary approvals In February or March.
And thePlans UK-based OneWeb, the closest competitor to the Starlink project, will have launched 650 satellites into orbit by the end of the year.
The space company wants to provide global internet coverage with a total of 48,000 satellites, 6,000 more than SpaceX had planned for Starlink.