Facebook wants to launch its own internet satellite

Jul

21

2018

Facebook is planning to launch its own satellite to provide an Internet connection in remote areas. The launch must take place in early 2019 and must be followed by some other satellites.

Wired found the plans in e-mails that were exchanged with the FCC in 2016 and managed to confirm them with Facebook. The e-mails state that the internet satellite is named Athena and will be launched early 2019. The goal of the satellite is to provide efficient broadband access to areas with little or no access to the internet.

According to reports, lawyers from Facebook would have sat around the table several times with the FCC to discuss ‘a mission of limited duration with a small satellite system in a low orbit around the earth’. This suggests that Facebook is planning to add several satellites after Athena.

Facebook’s plan shows strong similarities with the SpaceX Starlink project . That company is working to bring thousands of satellites into orbit about 1200 kilometers high to set up a broadband Internet network. OneWeb is also working on a network of satellites that have to supply the internet.

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