Facebook has been constantly on the news for security issues, which have made them particularly anxious users for social networking. Instead, there comes a different new one, as Facebook decided to do something fun! More specifically, the company has decided to build observatories on Wilson Mountain in California!
According to experts, Facebook's observatories will be used to "host" the first system communications laser that can be connected to orbiting satellites. The advice for the observatories has come from building permits issued by Country of Los Angeles. So far, licenses have shown that a small company called PointView Tech is handling the construction for Facebook. Also, permits indicate that a pair of isolated observatories are built at the top of the mountain. Please note that PointView is a Facebook subsidiary, for which IEEE Spectrum claims to build a satellite called Athena. In addition, PointView has applied to the FCC to test whether E-band radio signals could be used for broadband access to areas that are not covered and not serviced. For its part, the FCC has not made a decision on the above-mentioned request so far.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this technology?
The advantage for communication lasers is that they support higher data rates than radio transmitters for a given input power. In addition, signals from these satellites have been said to be virtually unaffected by interference or hacking. On the contrary, the drawback is that the clouds pose important issues. Other items gathered from construction permits include construction works commencing last July last year and passing the inspection in mid-December 2018. In fact, so far no formal comments have been made on the construction of Facebook.