Facebook’s project to send satellite to space, which has been on the agenda for a while, becomes reality with the necessary permission from the US authorities. What’s more exciting is the claim that Facebook may send its first satellite next March.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company success in sending satellite to space and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin’s plans to launch satellite inspire other companies. Facebook has reached the final stage by solving the official roughness of sending satellite to space that has been on the agenda for some time.
Facebook, which could not get the necessary permissions from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) due to logistics problems, finally completed the necessary documents and disconnected the permit. The permit application was filed by another company named PointView owned by Facebook. What’s more surprising is that the satellite will be launched into space much earlier than expected. It is stated that Facebook may send its first satellite to space next March.
The goal of taking the internet to the world
Among the information received, the first satellite called Athena will be sent to space for testing purposes so that future satellites can be launched more easily. Facebook’s satellites aim to bring broadband connections to rural areas of the world that do not have internet.
It is not an idea that Facebook first thought of creating a satellite network in space. An example is the Starlink satellite broadband network of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company and the satellite network of the British company OneWeb. If Facebook’s satellite test is successful, it is estimated that the social media giant will have a network of thousands of satellites.
The steps Facebook took before for this ambitious plan had encountered problems. Amos-6 satellites, which cost 200 million dollars in 2016, aimed to bring free internet to 14 African countries. This satellite exploded on a rocket from SpaceX. Since then, Facebook has been expanding its low orbit satellite building program called Athena.
The first satellite, which is expected to be sent in March, is planned to be built with the launcher named Arianespace Vega. Arianespace Vega, owned by the French, has a load capacity of 1500 kilos and can sit satellites in a 700-kilometer circular orbit.