The AMOS-6 was supposed to bring internet for the parts of the world that are not online. So, what happened?
By the end of 2016, the social media app, "Facebook" was supposed to launch their own satellite called, "The AMOS-6." The purpose of this is to provide Internet access to millions in sub-Saharan Africa, where in several countries fewer than 2 percent of the population is online! Estimates by Spacecom placed the cost of launching, insuring, and operating Amos 6 for a period of about a year at around $85 million. According to a report posted on Globes, the satellite itself cost about $200 million to produce from IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries).
The Satellite was supposed to launch September 3, 2016. Unfortunately on September 1st, 2016, there was an anomaly on the launch pad resulting in a fire and the loss of the vehicle and its payload. This caused the loss of the $200 million satellite. IAI has its own insurance, and will file a claim in order to compensate Spacecom. Spacecom's contract with SpaceX specifies Spacecom can choose to receive $50 million, or a future flight at no cost.
Currently, there are plans for a replacement, which will be called The AMOS-17. The new Amos-17 satellite will be launched sometime in 2019 and is aimed towards expanding the company’s coverage capabilities in regions like Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The new satellite is expected to operate for a period of 15 years. This will have estimated cost of around $1,475,000,000 over the next 15 years.
I found this pretty cool because i didn't know it was possible to give internet to people from outer space. It seems like more of a way for business then a nice gesture to me to be quite honest but it does seem like a good idea to get more people online. Although it did explode i was happy to read that they do have a replacement. This will definitely get more people using social media since many people in poverty don't have internet access, this will be a way for them to get in touch with the rest of the world!