After scrapping drone project, Facebook looks at satellites to boost internet connectivity

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Facebook is officially building an internet satellite: Athena

Social networking website company Facebook is working on its own new Internet satellite Athena.

It was reported in the report that according to an application filed by Facebook under the name of Pointview LLC in front of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the project was created to provide broadband access efficiently to unserved and underserved areas across the globe. However, the satellite was planned to be launched into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, which is a lot higher than the lower orbit Facebook is planning to deploy its Athena satellite. Elon Musk's SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb also have the same intention. SpaceX already got a headstart, launching the first two of its Starlink satellites, which it hopes to number in the thousands in the future. This furthermore confirms that Facebook is a supporter of satellite internet technology.

In June, Facebook announced it made a decision to abandon its plan to develop high-flying solar-powered drones called Aquila that was aimed to deliver Internet to almost four billion people in remote parts of the world. 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.

The inception of Athena amidst bells-and-whistles comes only after a week of Facebook's declaration to shut down its Aquila project - the drone initiative which aimed at providing Internet access.

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We'd guess that nearly everyone who's got Internet connection is already on Facebook. The company previously tested an internet-beaming drone called Acquila, a project that was killed earlier this year. But it is available everywhere because it provides services from the communicational satellites.

Currently, billions of people are still not connected to the internet.

PointView Tech, a subsidiary of Facebook, was reportedly building a multi-million dollar experimental satellite meant to deliver internet to Earth from orbit. Now, we will have to wait a bit to see how the company competes with its rival and contribute to bringing the worldwide internet access.

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