It's been quite sometime that Facebook has been talking about the use of drones or aerial vehicles to offer WiFi connectivity to remote places. Moreover, sometimes it is considered almost a controversial subject. Whether or not it is a subject of controversy, Facebook might prove it to world that an unmanned vehicles can be used to promote world wide web to internet-disabled areas.
It is believed that Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar-powered drones in 2015, with the ultimate aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online. Zuckerberg unveiled the Facebook's Connectivity Lab and its partnership with the Internet.org project just to make sure that the drones will see the light of the day soon.
Moreover, new reports have also come into existence that suggests that Facebook's engineering director has announced at a Summit in New York that the so called aerial vehicles will be closer in size to jumbo jets and soar at 65,000ft (19,800 metres). The report further added, "It could then be just three to five years until the super-sized, solar-powered drones are hovering above remote parts of the world to provide internet access."
If the prior reports to this are to be followed, than Facebook can be expected to begin the testing of the drones by next year in the US air-space.
Rumors are pretty rife that the drones meant to beam internet connection to the remote places in the world is ‘roughly the size' of a Boeing 747. Obviously, these are cheaper, and lighter in all respect.
As you've probably realized by know, Facebook isn't the first to provide internet connectivity from the heavens. Google's Project Loon was initiated for the very same purpose and instead of drones, the search giant depends on balloons to get the job done.
Use of unmanned panes has an advantage over the latter as they can be easily navigated to required locations and run off solar power, while balloons are basically hard to controller in the atmosphere. Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, says that the new initiative will be backed by Internet.org, the main purpose of which is to bring affordable Internet access to everyone.
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