The Facebook Drone 'Aquila' Will Bring the Web to Remote Parts of the World

By: Laura McQuarrie - Aug 3, 2015
References: internet.org & digitalbuzzblog
The Facebook drone 'Aquila' is an impressive solar-powered UAV that's set to fly above air traffic routes and provide Internet access to some of the most remote parts of the world for up to three months at a time.

There's lots to be impressed with by this project launched between Facebook and Internet.org. The gigantic Aquila drone itself has a wingspan greater than a commercial Boeing 737 aircraft, but weighs less than a car. What will help to deliver web access is a laser and radio frequency technology capable of transmitting 10 gigabits of data per second—this is 10 times faster than laser communication systems that have come before it.

Targeting areas where Internet is not available because cost or a lack of infrastructure inhibits it, the Aquila will be able to connect with points the size of a coin from distances greater than 10 miles in the distance.