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Facebook to launch huge solar-powered Internet drones




Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook will soon launch a huge unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky.

Facebook’s Internet drone, codenamed Aquila, will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. Solar panels will be installed on its wings allowing it to fly at an altitude of more than 60,000 feet for a month.

“Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world’s population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure.” said Zuckerberg.

The Aquila drone is part of the Internet.org effort to bring internet access to more people around the world. The initiative recently launched in the country in collaboration with Smart Communications, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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6 Responses

  1. Summer says:

    What kind of signal? Wifi?

  2. Yuja says:

    Cool but Creepy…

    and i understand that internet.org is lightweight and since its free, no pictures on its interface… but looks boring IMO

  1. July 3, 2015

    […] The project is part of the company’s Internet.org efforts that aim to connect billions of people around the world who don’t live in range of existing wireless networks. According to Zuckerberg, it’s part of a new generation of connectivity platforms like satellites and high-altitude long-endurance drones. […]

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