Facebook Hopes to Connect 5 Billion People to the Internet With Its Laser Drones

A rendering of a Facebook drone. (PHOTO CREDIT: Harvest Zhang/Facebook)
A rendering of a Facebook drone. (PHOTO CREDIT: Harvest Zhang/Facebook)

Facebook showed off plans to provide internet to billions of people around the world using a solar-powered laser drone.

Codenamed Aquila, the V-shaped unmanned vehicle has the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a small car.

During the developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, Facebook showcased the new craft’s latest design, which can stay aloft for up to three months at a time.

Facebook said it hopes to connect with the five billion it has yet to reach by launching over 1,000 of these drones capable of beaming high-speed data with lasers from 60,000 to 90,000 feet to some of the world’s most remote regions.

“We want to serve every person in the world,” said Yael Maguire, head of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. “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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SOURCE: CBS San Francisco

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