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Facebook developing solar drones that will provide Internet access

Facebook is working on a solar drone that can be used to provide Internet access to billions of people
By: Michael Hatamoto | Drones News | Posted: Mar 26, 2015 11:58 pm

Facebook is working on a new solar drone designed to provide Internet access to billions of people across the world. The codenamed Aquila project is still in the early stages of testing, but Facebook said one test flight was already conducted in the UK.




The Aquila drone weighs less than a car and has a wingspan similar to a Boeing 767, and should be able to fly for months at a time. The drone must be extremely light so it can stay at altitudes higher than 60,000 feet for up to three months at a time.


"Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.


"We want to serve every person in the world," said Yael Maguire, head of the Connectivity Lab at Facebook. "Can we reach a point where everyone on the planet gets the same message at once? I'm looking forward to that day."


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