Facebook has been working with Internet.org to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world, and has just announced that it is building drones, satellites and lasers in its ‘Connectivity Lab’ to achieve that goal.
Facebook drones, lasers, satellites
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously announced its drones, called Aquila, stating that the team comprises leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, from places such as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the Ames Research Centre.
There are not many details about the ambitious plan available yet, but the drone is said to hover at 60,000 feet and can deliver Internet for months at a time. Remarkably, the drones have a huge wingspan, similar to that of a 737 aeroplane.
Facebook says the altitude is the lowest that is permitted for unregulated airspace, and that additionally that zone has fairly stable weather and low wind speeds, which should help the aircraft to cruise and conserve power, all the while generating which can power its communications to deliver the Internet.
Here’s a mockup of the current drone design:
The company has published a detailed white paper on how it hopes to deliver internet to these regions using unmanned drones.
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