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Google Inc. plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the globe, people familiar with the project said, hoping to overcome financial and technical problems that thwarted previous efforts.
Details remain in flux, the people said, but the project will start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites, and then could expand.Report: Google To Spend $1 Billion On Internet Satellites [online.wsj.com]
I'm still trying to get my head around the idea of having Google directions for when you're lost in the Sahara desert.