Facebook has announced the completion of its first full-scale drone, which it says has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 that will provide internet access in remote parts of the world in order to connect more and more people.
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The company confirmed that this aircraft will be tested soon in US first.
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- Weigh: 880lbs (400kg),
- Operate area: 60,000ft (18km) and 90,000ft (27km) – above the altitude of commercial airplanes – so it would not be affected by weather.
Jay Parikh, vice-president of engineering, said:
“Our mission is to connect everybody in the world. This is going to be a great opportunity for us to motivate the industry to move faster on this technology.”
Previously, Facebook a year ago launched Internet.org, an initiative to provide access to the two-thirds of the world and to connect them.
Parikh also said that:
“Facebook was not planning to sell the drones but would use them to expand internet access.”
Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page expressed his pleasure regarding this project as he said: