Athena: Facebook, which has abandoned its aircraft designs to provide internet access to remote parts of the world, is once again seeking to launch satellites.
According to Wired, the Federal Communications Commission (Federal Communications Commission) met several times with representatives of Facebook and its affiliates to discuss launching satellites that will fly low on Earth.
The social networking site is reportedly planning to launch Athena, a satellite internet provider, into space in early 2019. The satellite is designed to "provide effective broadband access to areas not covered worldwide" the project has been submitted to the FCC under the name PointView Tech LLC.
Facebook will work with SpaceX, the space company of Elon Musk. Of course this is not the first time that Facebook tried to send a satellite to space. 2016, a social satellite, was loaded into a SpaceX missile. Facebook's satellite was meant to provide connectivity across Africa, but the SpaceX rocket exploded during its launch.
Facebook then drew her attention to the Aquila project, a drone again for providing the internet. But he recently announced that stops the project.
The Athena satellite is a research project and Facebook reported to Wired:
We have nothing to say about the project at this time, but we believe that satellite technology will be an important factor in the next generation of broadband infrastructures, enabling broadband connections to rural areas where the Internet connection is incomplete or incomplete.
Facebook's protagonist in this project is, of course, Alphabet, which has also abandoned a program with internet-link distribution balloons. Let's say SpaceX seems to be the winner of the case as it has launched already originals for a network of thousands of low-track satellites.