Zuckerberg ups Internet.org offensive on the unconnected by unveiling the Aquila solar-powered web drone
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has upped Internet.org's mission to connect Earth's five billion information-poor individuals to the web with the launch of a new video, showing the Aquila net-providing drone in action.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Internet.org announced today (Thursday 26 March) that they are willing to implement automated solar drones and satellites in a bid to open up the internet to more people across the world.
In the post, Zuckerberg shared that the Aquila solar-powered drones, which have been developed at the Facebook Connectivity Labs with the help of aerospace and comms experts, are capable of flying for months at a time while providing wireless internet access from 60,000 feet in the sky.
The craft also have the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weight much the same as a hatchback automobile.
Zuckerberg said: “In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org, we've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.
“Facebook's Connectivity Lab is building drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone. Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.”
Read the full statement below: