Face­book’s in­ter­net satel­lite went up in smoke

But that’s not stop­ping Zucker­berg from try­ing again.

APC Australia - - Tech Brief -

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.

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