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Use of social networks in space

The event that marked what could possibly be the greatest achievement of the Information Age: The Internet, was when the first message was sent through the Research Projects Agency (ARPANET) on October 29, 1969.

With this powerful tool, things have been done that just a few years ago would seem impossible: to transmit images and video at the same time; locate our exact location on the planet; access a lot of information in a matter of seconds; and communicate in real-time from anywhere through voice and video.

In addition to these technological achievements, unthinkable borders have also been broken. Astronaut Mike Massimino was the first to send a tweet from space; the explorer Eric Larsen was the first person to connect to an internet network after touching the top of Everest; In Sweden, the Kankberg mine has a mobile network that works perfectly more than 450 meters deep.

Even so and after all the achievements in telecommunication that human kind has made in such a short period of time, there are still challenges to overcome. The Wi-Fi network and fiber optics have become the most common methods to connect our devices to the network, but there are hard-to-reach places where such technologies cannot reach.

From the space satellite to the top of Everest, the internet has an increasingly wide coverage thanks to the advance in telecommunications technology

There are places such as mountain tops, outer space and underground that are areas where communication becomes unstable and has failures interrupting the operations and processes that take place there. The Wi-Fi network does not have the power to reach its destination without deviations and without bouncing in barriers; while the optical fiber has a high degree of complexity of installation and maintenance in areas where people cannot access. For these cases the use of satellite antennas is the best option.

“This technology allows devices such as a modem, a computer or the same cellular phone to connect directly to the Internet via satellite,” says AXESS president Mauricio Segovia. “Amongst the advantages that this implementation poses for companies, we can count on lower expenses for infrastructure, connection speed much faster than that of conventional systems, and connection in the most remote or hard-to-reach areas due to their power and coverage,” said Segovia.

Although not all innovation scenarios have been conquered, nor have all the challenges been completed; a very important part has been achieved thanks to satellite connectivity. What other communication frontier will be broken with the aid of the satellite internet?