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Facebook Planning To launch Its Own Internet Satellite

Facebook's first satellite launch was a failure

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With a massive jump in the global use of the smartphones and internet connection, the requirement to connect the remote areas of this world looks to be need of the hour. In this aspect, Facebook remains one of the top companies to lend its efforts. After trying its hand in crafting passenger jet-sized and solar-powered drones to provide internet access, Facebook is up with its plans to launch satellites.

According to a report submitted by ‘The Wire’ after filing for the Freedom of Information Act, Facebook representatives met the Federal Communications Commission several times. The discussion was related to small, low Earth orbit satellite launches.

“The emails show that the social network wants to launch Athena, its very own internet satellite, in early 2019. The new device is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” according to an application the Facebook appears to have filed with the FCC under the name PointView Tech LLC.”

The other notable companies who are working in the same directions are Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb. SpaceX has already launched a couple of its satellites which will be part of its Starlink satellites project.

“With the filing, Facebook joins Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb, two well-funded organizations working on similar projects. In fact, SpaceX launched the first two of what it hopes will be thousands of its Starlink satellites just this past February.”

Prior to this attempt, Facebook collaborated with SpaceX in 2016 to launch its first internet satellite, but sadly the $95 million machine exploded on the launch itself. The accident was a major setback for the social networking company. Soon after that, Facebook shifted its focus to the solar-powered drone to cover the secluded areas of the globe, but this project also wasn’t able to make any headway due to Google’s parent company Alphabet’s interest in high-altitude balloons.

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