The social network giant is in the business to connect the globe from the long since and it has achieved a great milestone. Facebook accomplished the full-scale model of aircraft, named Aquila, to provide internet access.
Aquila is made to fly in the air for months, powered on solar energy. Less than the weight of a car, its wings size is equal to Boeing 737.
Facebook revealed its intention to connect the whole world back in the last year. It was planned to reach out four billion people on the Earth, who are yet to be exposed to the internet. Many of them live around 3G networks, but 10 percent of them even don’t have any resource to acquire internet. According to Facebook, the most efficient method to connect these people is to employee something out of the way.
The tested version of Aquila was announced back in March. However, at that time there were little details about the project. It has now many technical information for the public. The internet-broadcasting drone will fly between 18,200 and 27,400 m from the Earth surface. It has wingspan of 42m with the frame of carbon fiber.
The system is planned to deliver 10 GB of data per second, which is 10 times to the current available networking technology.
Facebook says there are still lots of hurdles to cover before the drone blanket remote areas with internet connectivity. It also told, the technology will be handed over to third parties and partner groups to be operated.