Two years after the explosion of its first satellite, Facebook is working on Athena, a new satellite to provide Internet access to underdeveloped areas in January 2019, confirmed the company.
Facebook could launch thousands of such satellites in the coming years and the initiative will allow it to increase its number of users.
Facebook is competing with SpaceX, which began launching satellites last February. SpaceX hopes to place thousands of these satellites in the orbit to provide optimal coverage and stability to its network.
Facebook collaborated with SpaceX in 2016. The latter had to launch a satellite for the social network, but the rocket exploded on the ground during a test.
Facebook’s confirmation about Athena comes one month after the Aquila social network abandoned, a similar project that was to use autonomous drones to connect remote areas to the Internet.