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.
Let’s Connect the World: Facebook’s Solar-Powered Internet Drone Aquila Ready for Tests
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:[pull_quote_center]“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.”[/pull_quote_center]
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:[pull_quote_center]”Facebook was not planning to sell the drones but would use them to expand internet access.”[/pull_quote_center]
Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page expressed his pleasure regarding this project as he said: