Wycliffe USA Uses SpaceX Satellites to Speed Up Bible Translation

(Image depicts a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in 2018. Named for the Star Wars Millennium Falcon, Falcon 9 is a launch vehicle designed “for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites to low Earth orbit and geosynchronous transfer orbit, and for sending SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, including manned missions, to orbiting destinations such as the International Space Station.” (Photo courtesy of SpaceX/Unsplash)

You may have heard the name SpaceX or Starlink a few times in this summer’s headlines. Billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is launching satellites into orbit and promising to deliver high-speed broadband internet to as many users as possible.

Wycliffe USA’s Andrew Flemming says the project benefits Gospel work, too.

“SpaceX intends to launch thousands of these (satellites) around the globe… by using this technology, we’re going to be able to get the translation work being done in very remote places to consultants, to teams… that we previously weren’t able to do easily,” Flemming says.

“God is taking these types of tools and using them to accelerate the work of Bible translation and dramatically impact the future of communities around the world.”

It isn’t the first time Bible translators found advantages in outer space.

“Wycliffe has used satellites in the past, but these have been geostationary or geocentric satellites. The SpaceX Starlink satellites will provide more significant access and quicker speed,” Flemming says.

“We’ve begun testing this in the U.S. The hope is that within the next 18 months, two years, the fuller network of satellites will be in place, which will give us access to those most remote places in the world.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to give Wycliffe USA’s team wisdom as it enters this new frontier of Bible translation.
  • Pray God will help technical operations team quickly identify potential challenges and ways to overcome them.

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