Facebook Wants To Launch Internet Satellite
Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg, in particular, have expressed their intention in the past to help provide the entire world with internet access. It appears the company is now getting one step closer to that goal, as it is planning to launch an internet satellite.
The company’s plans are being reported by Wired, who has uncovered emails between Facebook and the American FCC that have been sent in 2016. The newsletter reportedly also confirmed the news at a source within Facebook.
The internet satellite program aims to provide broadband access to people with no or limited internet access. It’s unknown if this satellite internet would be free to use or not, but the project – codenamed Athena – would launch in 2019 along with the first satellite.
Correspondence between Facebook and the FCC suggests that Athena would be the first of many satellites that the company is planning to launch. Providing internet access via the air definitely isn’t a new concept, as Google has experimented with internet hot air balloons in the past.
Similarly, OneWeb is also aiming to build a satellite internet network of at least 600 satellites to provide internet coverage in third world countries. Facebook’s plans are quite similar to that of Elon Musk’s Starlink project at SpaceX.