The social media giant wants to deliver internet in remote areas of the world through a huge drone.
Facebook has built a giant drone. The drone is part of a project aimed at bringing internet to remote corners of the world. On Thursday Facebook announced it is working on the giant drone. Connectivity Labs unit of Facebook developed these solar powered drones. Facebook has given 'Aquila' name to its drones.
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The work on the drone like aircraft has been completed. Aquila will have the ability to send internet signals to users below from up in the sky. Aquila is the size of a Boeing 737 aircraft. Facebook hopes the aircraft will soon be able to fly over remote areas.
Currently millions of people in the world do not have access to internet. The Aquila project will allow Facebook to reach into those untouched areas. Aquila will use its laser technology to deliver internet. Laser tech delivers internet more than 10 times faster than traditional devices.
According to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the technology will bring them closer to their goals. Zuckerberg also shared in official blog that the technology will be further tested in the coming months. The ultimate goal is to provide untouched areas with a network of drones. Each drone will provide internet within in a 31 miles radius.
Facebook is also working with countries where the drones are slated to be launched. Legal regulations are being discussed with the local governments. But Facebook did not specify where exactly the drones will be launched.
The drones will receive a signal from a ground station and then send the signal to internet users. The aircraft has been built using lightweight carbon fibres. The wingspan of the aircraft is 140 foot. The aircraft is solar powered and will remain in the air for months.