Facebook and Internet.org are partnering to develop an aerial drone that will deliver Internet access.
“We’re going to have to push the edge of solar technology, battery technology, composite technology,” said Yael Maguire, the engineering director of Facebook’s new Connectivity Lab. Wired reports the announcement was made during a talk at the Social Good Summit in New York City.
Connectivity Lab was formed earlier this year alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's latest venture, Internet.org. Together, they hope to develop a fleet of solar-powered drones that will provide those living off the grid with access to the Internet.
The drones will fly between 60,000 to 90,000 feet in the air, which is above weather and airspace. This, however, does pose one particular problem as there are currently no regulations on aircraft that fly above 60,000 feet in the air. Since the fleet would be automated, developers will also have to find a way around the regulation that cites there must be one human operator for every drone.
Facebook definitely seems to have a plan in mind for overcoming these obstacles, because Maguire expects the drones to be ready for testing by next year.
Learn more about the project in the video below.
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