Facebook was planning to make a internet beaming plane for delivering flying internet connectivity for developing world, but now it looks that finally they have achieved its goal. Facebook has unveiled Aquila, which is a solar powered unmanned plane, which will be able to deliver internet services from 60,000 to 90,000 ft altitudes.
This internet provider plane of Facebook is V shaped wingspan of a Boeing 737 and weighs between 880 pounds and 1,000 pounds. When deployed, this will circle around a particular area for maximum 90 days, thanks to solar energy dependency.
Facebook says that it will use a balloon to put this plane in the air. This internet beaming planes comes with a dome shaped optical head, which is located at the bottom of the plane. Facebook will shoot the lasers on the ground to locate the dome shaped optical head, which is more than 16 kilometer. The plane will file in on the general location and then target the location of the laser on the ground and then lock the location to start beaming internet to that area. Speed of the internet may vary based on the weather
Facebook will test this internet beaming plan named Aquila in the US in the coming future, but the exact time is still unclear. The company has said in a blog posted by Facebook, “We still have a long way to go in this work, but we are excited by our early progress. We plan to engage with the broader community and share what we’ve learned, so we can all move faster in the development of these technologies.”