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SpaceX gets $1B in funding from Google, Fidelity

Posted: 21 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SpaceX  Elon Musk  satellites  funding 

Google and Fidelity, a financial firm, both agreed to fund SpaceX amounting to $1 billion in investment. Elon Musk, founder of the private space exploration firm, said the money might be used to develop a satellite Internet network.

The latest round of funding lets Google and Fidelity own some 10 per cent of the company.

The statement offered no details on plans for the funds, but Musk has said he wants to build a network of satellites to deliver the Internet around the globe. The plan could conceivably tie in with Google's efforts to bring the Internet to underserved parts of the world.

In November, the billionaire entrepreneur behind Tesla Motors and other ventures confirmed that he is working on a web of small, low-cost satellites that could provide wireless Internet around the world.

Musk said in a message last year on Twitter that SpaceX "is still in the early stages of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations."

SpaceX Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured just prior to being released by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm on May 31 to allow it to head towards a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. (Source: NASA)

SpaceX in 2010 became the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The new investors in SpaceX join existing investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn.

The statement confirms earlier news reports, which said SpaceX would be valued at $10 billion as part of the deal.

Google has been testing ways to bring the Internet to remote parts of the world using drones and high-altitude balloons.

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