Mark Zuckerber unveiled Facebook’s Aquila drone, a complete production from the social media giant Facebook. Aquila is fully powered by solar power, and it could help to beam internet into most remote regions of the globe.
The drone was developed in the company’s Connectivity Lab, and was involved in plenty of testing in a secured process. The air drone comes with wingspan of a “Boeing 737” and in the meanwhile, the same is lighter than a car.
Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page as
“Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time. Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality.”
The solar-powered air done is expected to play almost for a month, from the time of takeoff. Once the drone reached its orbit, using new laser transmission service, the drone will transmit at the speed of 10 gigabits per second, and it is almost ten times faster than the previous system, Zuckerberg said.
Jay Parikh, Facebook’s VP of global engineering and infrastructure, said in the company’s news blog.
Our intention is not to build networks and then operate them ourselves, but rather to quickly advance the state of these technologies to the point that they become viable solutions for operators and other partners to deploy.
According to Zuckerberg, the drone is precise and can connect with dime-sized object even from 10 miles away. Facebook’s Internet.org targets to provide basic internet services to the people who’re in remote area with the help of mobile service providers, and also helps the people who are not yet online. Last week the company has mentioned that, it had made several agreements with mobile operators for providing internet for the people who are not yet online.[ Source ]