Facebook works with Internet . org to bring internet access to remote places and today announced that
it’s building drones, satellites and lasers in
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab to achieve that goal.
Mark Zuckerberg announced its Aquila drones on Facebook today, saying that the team is made up
of leading experts in aerospace and communications
technology from notable places like NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Lab and Ames Research center. There aren’t a huge amount of details available yet,
but it hovers at around 60,000 feet delivering internet
for up to “months” at a time. The drones have a
wingspan that’s equivalent to that of a 737. Facebook said that the altitude is the lowest
permitted for unregulated airspace and this zone has
stable weather conditions and low wind speeds,
which means the aircraft can easily cruise and
conserve power, generating The company has made available a detailed white paper on how it hopes to deliver internet to these regions using unmanned drones.