Facebook building solar powered drone that could give internet to 5 billion people

March 26, 2015: Facebook chief Zuckerberg in 2013 started an initiative by launching internet.org project, which promised to give internet access to 2/3 of the world which is still not connected with the so called 'world wide web'. Going further in the same direction to support their initiative, Facebook is building a solar powered drone which can give internet access to 5 billion people.

                           

According to NYtimes report, it will be V-shaped unmanned vehicle named 'Aquila' which has wingspan of a Boieng 767 but it weighs less than a small car. This is the biggest move by a small time college startup which recently grabbed 1.4 billion user base. Although, the cost and completion of this project is still unknown. 

Facebook chief Zuckerberg while sharing the news about the drones says: 
"As part of our internet.org effort to connect the world, we've designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky. 
Today, I'm excited to share that we've successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK. 
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."

This project will be implemented by the drone maker company Ascenta, the company facebook acquired last year. The internet.org initiative is also partenered by tech giants like Samsung, Microsoft and Qualcomm.



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An Electronics Engineer by education, a part-time blogger by passion. He loves everything about technology, hence he writes about it. Interest includes Technology, Startups and Mobile Applications.
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