According to the news, the Social Networking site Facebook confirmed, they are working on their new project called as Facebook Athena Satellite by “WIRED”. The Facebook Athena Satellite is low-Earth orbit (LEO) broadband satellite.
In May 2018 “IEEE Spectrum” published a report on the Satellite Company register by name PointView Tech LLC which is subsidiary by Facebook. According to report, Facebook carry out their broadband plans with the code name “Athena” under PointView Tech LLC.
This news comes just weeks after Facebook announced shutdown of its Internet Drone Project. Internet Drone Project was under the Aquila project. Facebook said they are no longer working on their high-flying autonomous Drone project. Facebook Aquila were powered by solar energy and for long period fly. It was designed to stream the internet access to the parts of earth where internet is not accessible.
It’s not the first time Facebook has tried to launch a satellite. In 2016, Facebook was working on the same project, by which Facebook planned to boost the internet connectivity in Africa. But the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Amos-6 satellite exploded on the launch pad in CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA.
Why Facebook Working on New Internet Satellite
Right now, Facebook not disclose any specific information about this project. But According to the information Facebook plans to launch the Athena Satellite probably in early 2019. Launching the Satellite in low earth orbit will be complete their goal of provide the internet access in the region where internet is not accessible. Because it is not possible to plant the wire cable network in each region of the earth.
There are also some other big companies brainstorming on the same objectives like Google. Google working on the project called “The Project Loon”. Google want to provide internet in every non-accessible remote areas of earth. They planning to do this, by planting the network of giant high-altitude balloons in the second major layer of Earth’s atmosphere. The second major layer of earth’s atmosphere is stratosphere.