Facebook Confirms Its Athena Internet Satellite, Establish Reportedly Planned for Early 2019

As a part of its strategy to connect tens of thousands of individuals that are still offline, Facebook is focusing on launch Athena, its Internet satellite, ancient in 2019, '' reported. In accordance with an application, Facebook seems to have registered with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the title PointView Tech LLC, the project was made to"effectively provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas around the entire world," that the report stated on Friday.

Facebook, however, isn't alone in planning to increase Internet access through satellites in low Earth orbit.

Facebook also verified that Athena is their own project, according to the report.

"While we've got nothing to discuss particular projects at this moment, we consider satellite technologies will be a significant enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, which makes it feasible to deliver broadband connectivity to rural areas in which Internet connectivity is non-existent or lacking," that a Facebook spokesperson has been quoted as saying in a statement.

While Facebook had expressed its cherished purpose of linking countless underserved individuals around the planet, it's not had much success with just two earlier projects.

Back in June, Facebook declared it chose to abandon its strategy to create high-flying solar-powered drones known as Aquila which was aimed to send Web to almost four billion people in distant areas of the planet.

A high altitude platform station (HAPS) system, Aquila's assignment, based on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to link the world and assist individuals who don't have online access all of the chances of the net.

Facebook started Aquila project in 2014.

The social media discontinued in 2017 a little helicopter drone project that may temporarily substitute mobile services in crisis situations, '' The Verge reported.

The thought was to send a helicopter armed with electronics gear hundreds of meters up in the atmosphere to have the ability to tether to fiber and electricity lines in areas where wireless capability was compromised because of tragedy or other aspects.