Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has announced a solar-powered Internet plane Aquila. In a video posted to his Facebook page, here is the video of Aquila watch here. Mark introduced the 140-foot wingspan aircraft Aquila that is designed to provide Internet access to remote regions, where internet is not available.
“Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. Aquila has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies.” as quoted by him.
The working model of the Aquila is ready and Facebook is going to start testing it. The Aquila have a V-shape and has 140 feet wingspan of a Boeing 737 and weighs only between 880 to 1,000 pounds. Aquila will be able to circle a remote region for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet.
Aquila will have lasers on the ground that can locate the dome-shaped optical head, located on the bottom of the plane, in the air. The Aquila requires a connection with the lasers on the ground though, the users might experience a slower connection when it’s raining or cloudy. During the day, when they are fully charged, the planes will fly at an altitude of 90,000 feet. But at night, in order to conserve power, they will float down to about 60,000 feet.
When finalized, it will send the data via lasers. Facebook wants to create a linked network that will bring internet access to remote areas. Using a variety of data sources, Facebook can figure out where people are located physically, in order to then decide the most cost-effective way to bring them connectivity. As with its Internet.org project, Facebook will not provide access directly and will instead partner with local carriers to offer services.
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