A digital rendering of the Skyfi satellite in space. A digital rendering of the Skyfi satellite in space. A digital rendering of the Skyfi satellite in space. (Photo: Skyfi)

Startup promises to connect everyone, everywhere to the Internet

Skyfi's plan may be more innovative and inexpensive than Google's or Facebook's.

While Google and Facebook have been battling it out with balloons, drones and high-priced satellites to bring Internet to parts of the world that aren't connected, it may be a small startup with a novel new idea that beats them both to the punch.

Skyfi was founded in 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel by a veteran of the country's aerospace industry. Four short years later it's turning heads with its innovative approach to connecting the world.

The company's technology involves shooting a mini — or nano — satellite into space. Equipped with a folded 21.5 inch antenna, once in orbit the antenna is deployed and able to act as something like a quality control system, adjusting itself for imperfections in the transmitter's surface, thus enhancing transmitting precision and power by as much as 500x.


Skyfi says that launching 60 such satellites into space would connect the entire globe to the Internet and would be 10 to 100 times cheaper than the current cost of launching one satellite into space.

The company says it has a working "proof of concept," made all the more credible by the fact that it's earned awards from NASA and “THE PITCH,” a popular tech contest in Israel modeled on The Voice.

Skyfi has even won praise from competitors. David Pollack, chief executive of Spacecom, which is collaborating with Facebook to deliver Internet services to Africa, told Reuters that Skyfi's Internet solution "will conquer the market."

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