Google has not been quiet in its efforts to build a network of satellites that provide Internet access to the users below. A report earlier this year pegged the company as planning to spend more than $1 billion on satellite programs, while it also acquired satellite imaging company Skybox for $500 million this summer. According to a new report out of The Information, however, Google’s satellite efforts have just taken a big hit.
The report, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” claims that Greg Wyler left Google recently, just a few months after he was hired by the company. Wyler is best known for founding O3b Networks, which is another effort at bringing satellite-based Internet to people around the world. O3b stands for “the other three billion,” referencing those who don’t have reliable broadband. Wyler joined Google earlier this year, along with O3b CTO Brian Holz.
While it’s unclear what caused Wyler’s departure, we can’t imagine that Google will let it affect its various satellite efforts anymore than it has to.