Facebook’s internet satellite went up in smoke
But that’s not stopping Zuckerberg from trying again.
Facebook launched its Internet.org initiative in 2013 to connect the poorer countries of the world to the internet. As part of the project, the company developed the Amos-6 internet satellite, capable of producing speeds faster than its larger geostationary counterparts. That satellite, however, went up in smoke in 2016 when the SpaceX rocket it was hitching a ride on exploded during testing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sunk more money into the project, though, and has confirmed that the social network giant wants to launch Athena, it’s next internet satellite, in early 2019.