One of the leaders of Google's effort to build a constellation of Internet-beaming satellites, Greg Wyler, has left the company, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Why the relationship between Mr. Wyler and Google deteriorated just a few months after his hiring couldn’t be learned. Mr. Wyler is well-known in the satellite-communications industry for founding O3b Networks, which is working on ways to bring the Internet to the developing world. O3b stands for “the other three billion” people who lack reliable broadband.
Mr. Wyler, along with O3b CTO Brian Holz, joined Google earlier this year as the search giant sought to bulk up on satellite experts. The Information earlier reported on the effort, as did the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Wyler’s departure is unlikely to curb’s Google’s ambitions. The company has been planning to spend more than a billion dollars on satellites to help spread Internet access and has been considering different technical approaches.