Earlier in May, filings with the FCC suggested that Facebook is working on a satellite to deliver internet from Earth’s orbit. While Facebook at the time didn’t confirm anything related to the rumors, recently, the social networking giant has confirmed to CNET that it is working on a satellite technology dubbed Athena which will work to beam data from low-Earth orbit to rural areas where internet connectivity is limited or unavailable.
Despite the confirmation, the company didn’t reveal any specific details of the project. However, it’s highly likely that the upcoming project will compete with similar projects introduced by OneWeb and SpaceX. If successful, Athena will provide broadband connectivity that’s 10 times faster than SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellites.
While we will have to wait to find out more about the project, reports have claimed that the satellite is set to launch for space in early 2019 as Facebook tries to fulfill its goal to bring people from every corner of the world online. This latest news comes after earlier last month Facebook shut down its solar powered drones designed to deliver internet in remote areas as the company decided that it will no longer build its own aircraft.