Lisa Parks Discusses Space Internet Systems in New Scientist Magazine

Published on May 3rd, 2019

GMTaC Director Lisa Parks is quoted in the New Scientist article “The race to build a space internet available to anyone, anywhere”

So all the laser satellite projects plan to use radio waves to communicate with the ground from orbit, which means using pricey steerable antennas … This skewers any claim that space internet systems are about getting the poorest people online, says media scholar Lisa Parks at MIT. Even the pizza-sized receiver that Musk says SpaceX is developing will cost $100 to $300. This will be “prohibitive for unconnected users in much of the world”, she says. “While connecting the unconnected sounds good from a marketing perspective, there is little clear evidence that such a model can deliver profits to companies and investors.”