Facebook released this video showcasing its Wi-Fi enabling drones. These unmanned aerial vehicles are part of the company’s plan to bring the Internet to the entire world.
Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s Connectivity Lab had completed the company’s first full-scale drone named Aquila for its Internet.org project.
“Aquila is a solar-powered, unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Aquila will use lasers and radio frequency technology to deliver that Internet to remote places, with Zuckerberg also announcing that they’ve “successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.”