Facebook’s Plan for Internet via UAVs

26 Mar , 2015  

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook just posted the following:

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.

The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

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.

We’ll talk about this more in a keynote at F8 that starts at 10am Pacific. You can watch at fbf8.com. #f8

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