Facebook Beams to the World

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Facebook’s mission is to connect everyone in the world. Since more than half of the world cannot access the internet, Facebook is taking a novel approach to connectivity.

According to Recode, Facebook has successfully tested its solar powered, unmanned airplane that will beam internet to remote parts of the world. The project is called Aquila.

Recode adds more detail here:

Facebook says these planes will eventually fly for months at a time between 60,000 and 90,000 feet above sea level. At the inaugural launch, Aquila reached a maximum altitude of 2,150 feet.

Facebook says it wants to build a network of planes that will “beam internet signal” between one another and then down to people on the ground within a 60-mile diameter.

The plane will charge during the day and use its solar-powered battery to stay aloft at night. Facebook says the amount of battery needed to stay aloft at 60,000 feet is approximately 5,000 watts, or “about as much as three hair dryers.”


Originally published at on July 21, 2016.

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