Facebook's Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring the Internet to people in rural areas, has taken its plans to new heights - literally. Facebook has built a drone, expected to launch later this year, with the code name "Aquila." The drone will fly higher than a commercial airplane (to avoid weather problems) and use laser beams to blast down Internet access from the sky to a base station. No, we're not kidding.
The drone has the wingspan size of a Boeing 737 but weighs less than a Prius and uses solar power to fly high during the day. If you don't know how big a Boeing 737 is (like us), it's basically the same size plane as the one from the Britney Spears "Toxic" video. #Throwback
The drone flies low at night, so it doesn't have to rely on all its solar energy from the daytime and can fly without landing for up to 90 days. Even cooler, the drone will reach its high altitude with the help of helium balloons. They swiped the idea from Google, who came out with a helium-balloon drone for the same purpose a couple of years ago. The only difference is the balloons guide Google's drone, and Facebook's drone aims to have a little more control, so it knows exactly where it's going all of the time.
Facebook's drone is doing some good in providing the Internet to places in the middle of nowhere, but the Internet provided won't be the entire world of the interwebs. It will only offer access to sites like Facebook (obvi), Wikipedia and others. Is Facebook selling their idea short by limiting the type of Internet access they'll provide?
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