Facebook to test drone prototype

Facebook Ready to Test Drones for Providing Worldwide Internet Access

It is a part of the Internet.org project, initiated by the tech giant with the core purpose of providing basic internet facilities to the remote areas of the world.

Facebook is now ready to test the full-sized prototype of solar-powered drone named Aquila. It has been constructed under the supervision of some of the renowned aerospace engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center.

The unmanned drone has a wing-span of Boeing 737, but it only weighs 880 pounds, making it lighter than a car. It can fly at an altitude of between 60,000 and 90,000 feet above weather, and can remain in the air for roughly 90 days. The drones have the ability to provide internet to an area of 50 miles below them giving a speed of 10 gigabits per second.

Aquila drones will help the company take the Internet.org project to the next level by providing free internet to more and more number of less developed countries. It is already giving free internet to 17 developing countries, with the company committed to expanding the project even further.

According to recent Facebook reports, the company’s expenses have increased from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion per quarter, most of which are allocated to research and development.

 

Image Courtesy: telegraph.co.uk