Facebook’s satellite team is now with Amazon

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Washington, July 15: Tech giant Amazon has brought team of more than a dozen wireless Internet experts from Facebook, reports The Information.

This has been done to launch thousands of satellites and offer broadband service globally.

The report, citing a Facebook spokesperson, said on Wednesday that the social networking giant’s employees “moved to Amazon in April to help the company develop its network of low-orbit satellites by the middle of this decade”.

According to The Verge, the move brings an end to Facebook’s efforts to deliver Internet connectivity to remote areas via its satellites.

The workers are in the Los Angeles area and included physicists as well as optical, prototyping, mechanical and software engineers who had previously worked on aeronautical systems and wireless networks, according to their LinkedIn pages.

Amazon paid Facebook an undisclosed sum as part of the acquisition, which saw more than a dozen Los Angeles-based employees switch companies in April to work on Project Kuiper, the report said.
Amazon has been planning a constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites to compete against SpaceX’s Starlink service, but Amazon’s “Project Kuiper” is far behind the SpaceX venture.

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