The Facebook Drone That Could Change the Internet

Mark Zuckerburg is ready to spread the time suck that is Facebook to the 10 percent of the world without Internet access. But in a really cool way that makes one want to play Candy Crush just to support the endeavor. Facebook has unveiled a solar-powered drone that has successfully completed testing in England. It will fly high above us as the ultimate wireless router. RELATED: Guardbot Robot Ball Could be Military’s Next Drone Zuckerburg posted on his FB page, “As part of our effort to connect the world, we've designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky.” Sure it has its altruistic roots, but the project, dubbed Aquila, is important to keeping Facebook relevant in the fast-evolving world of technology. As the New York Times reports, “... in a high-stakes competition for domination of the Internet, in which Google wields high-altitude balloons and high-speed fiber networks and Amazon has experimental delivery drones and colossal data centers, Facebook is under pressure to show that it, too, can pursue projects that are more speculative than product.” RELATED: Boeing’s New Laser Decimates Drones Even in the Fog And what a project it is. If all goes well, the Facebook Super Router (my name for it, not their’s) will be able to stay aloft for months at a time. It will reach heights of 60,000 feet, which would put it above commercial flight paths. The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car, according to Zuckerburg’s post. He says, “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.” ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide