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Company´s long-term vision for the project,

Facebook unveils new drone for Internet service

Facebook drone

Facebook is taking to the skies. Last week, the tech giant unveiled Aquila, the drone it hopes will deliver internet to the masses. The drone has been in development for over a year as part of Internet.org, Facebook´s initiative to help underdeveloped countries get online.
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Facebook thinks that drones are a viable alternative to traditional means of delivering internet – such as cell towers and fibre-optic cables – since many areas currently without internet are remote and lack the necessary infrastructure.

Facebook isn’t the only company trying to deliver the internet in unusual ways. At the end of July, Google signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to deliver internet across the country via a network of high-altitude balloons.

A video published on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page describes Aquila as having a wingspan of 40 metres, about the same as a Boeing 737. It is made out of lightweight composite materials, including carbon fibre, and is solar-powered.

In the company’s long-term vision for the project, hundreds of drones will circle a large area at an altitude of 60,000 feet, remaining aloft for three months at a time. Lasers will beam information at tens of gigabytes per second between the drones and systems on the ground.

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