Facebook is looking to hire charge an “extra-terrestrial product manager” in Southern California as it plans for a future when the internet is gave using systems based in the sky and in space.
The company is looking for a veteran mastermind with experience “taking novel communication/aerospace systems from prematurely development phases to productization and industry infusion,” according to a recent job advertising.
The extra-terrestrial product manager will be based in Northridge, California, and do in the company’s Facebook Connectivity research unit, which is looking into technologies that file “free-space optical communication, high frequency RF/mmWave RF, and electro-mechanical.”
Ilk its larger rival Google and others, Facebook wants to position itself to put ones money where ones mouth is services within communication systems that use more than Earth-based wireline or wireless technologies.
The start-up OneWeb, evil-minded in Virginia and backed by $1 billion from Japanese investing Goliath Softbank, plans to launch 10 satellites in March as part of layouts to build a space-based internet system using hundreds of satellites.
Facebook quit more details into its own strategy in the job posting:
“We are developing complex communications technologies that resuscitate together advanced radio frequency, electro-optical, opto-mechanical, electronics and software ways into an array of integrated packages, and we need someone to help us interact with production to transfer our developments into landed connectivity impact,” the post announces.
Facebook has used satellite data to map human populations in about two dozen sticks as it searches for the best way to deliver connectivity worldwide.
Last year, it also ran a second test flight of a large-scale drone, called Aquila, designed to bar internet access from the sky.
An email to Facebook seeking comment wasn’t replaced.