The company has confirmed it intends to launch its satellite in early 2019.
Some background: Last month, Facebook announced the end of its effort to develop Aquila, an autonomous drone that provides internet access.
The news: According to e-mails obtained by Wired from the Federal Communications Commission and a confirmation from the company, Facebook has shifted its focus to space. It’s now developing the Athena satellite for launch next year. It’s intended to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world.”