Facebook to launch its own internet satellite 'Athena' by next year

Facebook to launch its own internet satellite 'Athena' by next year

Facebook to launch its own internet satellite 'Athena' by next year

Consequently, harmonizing the medium of deploying internet may represent the most viable path towards achieving a financially-efficient implementation of a good internet globally. They are calling this satellite "Athena", and the company is not saying anything much so far other than confirming it.

Social networking website company Facebook is working on its own new Internet satellite Athena. The new device is created to "efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world", according to an FCC filing under the name PointView Tech LLC. In the 2018 messages, Facebook reps refer to a "small satellite experimental application for the Athena satellite". Geostationary satellites are used to provide internet services.

Besides, Facebook began Aquila project in 2014.

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Wired also reports that the satellite is set for space launch in early 2019 in pursuit of its ambitious efforts to bring people from every corner of the world online. The secret project was spotted last May on a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), though Facebook remained mum on the technology, until now.

The AMOS-6 satellite would provide access to the Internet in several sub-Saharan Africa areas. For one, it has long expressed interest in providing people worldwide easy-to-access internet, especially those who live in areas where quality internet connection is a luxury or downright impossible.

Geostationary satellites are replacing fiber optic cables in a lot of places that are trying to enter the cloud, and this is not the first time Facebook is dabbling in satellite technology either. Take, for instance, Cost -lower orbit satellites necessitate networks of hundreds or thousands of satellites in order to be effective, which spirals up the expense. That will attract more cost. That satellite (AMOS-6) was lost in a pre-launch explosion of a SpaceX rocket back on September 1st. Globalstar and Iridium are also a few other companies that have crashed out from pursuing similar projects due to similar challenges.

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