Tech giant Apple has been quietly collecting experts for a project to potentially develop a satellite-based network that would render it independent from wireless carriers, according to a Bloomberg report.
Apple has hired some of the biggest minds in the aerospace and communications fields to work on a “special project” that could yield a satellite-based network for the tech maker, according to a Friday report by Bloomberg, citing anonymous company figures.
“[G]enerally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally,” Cook said at an Amsterdam conference in May 2016. “We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.”
Things appear to be changing, however, as Apple brings aboard at least a dozen experts in communications equipment to form a team headed by aerospace engineers Michael Trela and John Fenwick, who helped build the satellite imaging company Skybox Imaging before Google bought it out in 2014 and the duo came to Apple, Bloomberg reported, noting that this time around, the project reportedly has Cook’s blessing.
Some other tech giants have also taken up ambitious internet constellation projects, with Amazon’s Project Kuiper seeking to launch roughly 3,200 satellites into low orbit and SpaceX beginning to set an astonishing 12,000 microsatellites in orbit for its Starlink project. Astronomers have complained, however, that with that many man-made objects in such a close orbit, the twin problems of space junk and observational interference become further amplified.
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