PointView Tech LLC.'s Athena satellite is an experimental low earth orbit communications satellite to test technologies for a potential constellation to provide global broadband Internet access. PointView Tech LLC. appears to be a subsidiary of Facebook.
The 150 kg satellite is built by SS/Loral based on their small SSL-100 bus. Athena will use E-band high-frequency millimeter-wave radio signals that promise much faster data rates. PointView expects its E-band system to get download speeds of around 10 Gbps at its ground stations, with uplink speeds topping 30 Gbps. The mission will be to determine whether such satellite communications can efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world.
Athena is manifested on the first Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) on a Vega launch vehicle in September 2019.
|Type / Application:||Experimental Communication|
|Operator:||PointView Tech LLC.|
|Power:||Solar arrays, batteries|
|Athena||-||2020||Ko ELV||Vega||with ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, UPMSat 2, NEMO-HD, —uSat 6, GHGSat C1, Flock-4v 1, ..., 26, Lemur-2 112, ..., 119, SpaceBEE 10, ..., 21, FSSCat A, B, NAPA 1, TARS, Tyvak 0171, OSM 1 CICERO, DIDO 3, PICASSO, SIMBA, TRISAT, AMICal-Sat, TT‹100|