Facebook Plans To Send Internet To 5 Billion People Through Laser Drones
Facebook has revealed its plans to give every corner of the world access to Internet. Yes, the company explained during its F8 conference in San Francisco that it was working on laser robots to connect the rest of the world with Internet.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company has codenamed the vehicle as ‘Aquila.’ This V-shaped drone weighs less than a car but has the wingspan of a Boeing 767.
“We want to serve every person in the world,” said head of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab Yael Maguire. “Can we reach a point where everyone on the planet gets the same message at once? I’m looking forward to that day.”
Facebook showed Aquila’s latest design to the attendees of its developers conference. The company has plans to target 5 billion people across the globe with 1,000 laser drones. The drones will be capable of beaming high speed Internet with the help of lasers reaching 60,000 to 90,000 feet to far flung parts of the planet. Thus those undeveloped areas, who are still living way behind the Internet-connected developed places, will be able to connect to the super world of Internet technology.
“We want to serve every person in the world,” said Yael Maguire, head of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. “Can we reach a point where everyone on the planet gets the same message at once? I’m looking forward to that day.”
Facebook already seems very close to the accomplishment of the project as it says it has already tested the flights of drones in the UK. The craft will have the capacity to live in the air for 3 months using solar power as the fuel. Of course, that is why the craft is too light weight.
These unmanned vehicles will also be enabled to communicate with other planes. This is important because the target area which they are going to cover is so wide that the mutual correspondence is somehow mandatory.
Google is also working on a similar project. According to its recent announcement, Google’s drone company Titan is looking forward to debut voyage of its “atmospheric satellite.” Google’s drone can also serve the purpose of sending Internet to remote areas of the world.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.