Facebook’s Project Aquila

aquilaSpaceX has satellites. Google has balloons. Facebook has drones.

Facebook’s Project Aquila seeks to use giant solar-powered drones to provide bandwidth to rural and remote regions around the world. The drones, flying at 60,000 feet and aloft for months at a time, would communicate across the fleet of drones and with ground stations.

The Aquila drone was tested for the first time in June 2016. It flew wonderfully — before crashing. Mark Zuckerberg detailed the successes of the first flight in a blog post.

Facebook has also been researching more efficient radio technologies to increase the bandwidth capabilities of Aquila.

Aquila is a major component of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, and effort to bring over 4 billion people online for the first time.

2 thoughts on “Facebook’s Project Aquila

  1. Pingback: Internet.org | Broadband Everywhere

  2. Pingback: Airborne Wireless Network | Broadband Everywhere

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s