Facebook announced that it has completed construction of its first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of its Internet.org effort.
Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down Internet
connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. And, Facebook successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous system. Facebook has a very very Big and Bold mission which is to make the world more open and connected We really focused on regions which do not have any Internet connectivity. That’s why we invested on solar-powered aircraft and laser as a mechanism to do that. There is no one solution for all Countries, because population distribution in countries is very different, and in some areas there is
the satellite solution, other areas terrestrial links, and then for some areas we are looking at high-altitute air planes. We are preparing a very light weight, very large wingspan aircraft, capable of flying above about 60,000 feets,
for up to three months at a time I don’t think anybody is flown anything for greater than 14 days on the power People have been using light to communicate, send messages for the long long time, turned the beam
on and off but you do that billions of times
a second. At Facebook we’re working on advancing
this state-of-the-art by atleast a factor of 10 to 100 It poses challenges