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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Facebook now is developing an internet satellite after shutting down drone project

This news comes just weeks after Facebook announced a shutdown of its internet drone efforts under the Aquila project. The company said it
would no longer develop its own autonomous high-flying drones, which were partly powered by solar energy and designed to fly for long periods of time and beam internet to remote parts of Earth and underserved developing countries.

Earlier this year, Facebook shut down its solar-powered drone effort Instead, Facebook said Aquila would focus its efforts on developing the onboard software systems that guide internet aircraft. Google parent company Alphabet did the same in January of last year, shutting down its solar-powered drone project in favor of its air balloon Wi-Fi initiative Project Loon and strategic investments in third-party satellite internet companies. 
Now, it sounds like Facebook will continue to try and develop its own hardware, just a different variety this time. According to a September 2017 report on broadband development, more than half of Earth is still not online, and that the only way to do so would be to use low Earth orbit satellites that sit in space about 100 to 1,250 miles above the surface.

 There’s already a booming industry around satellite internet, with key players like SpaceX investing heavily in the space to become the new internet service providers of an untapped market. SpaceX launched its first satellites back in February

“While we have nothing to share about specific projects at this time, we believe satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, making it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where internet connectivity is lacking or non-existent,” a Facebook spokesperson told Wired in a statement.

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