Facebook eyes drones for internet transmission

Founder of the world’s best social network Mark Zuckerberg pulled the wraps off his noble plan to spread Internet connectivity in each part of the world. He is going to deploy drones and other expensive technologies to beam the internet connectivity from the sky to people in underdeveloped parts of the world like Asia and Africa.

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A year after announcing the Internet.org project, Zuckerberg said, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is making progress as it works to build drones, satellites, and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone. Our work in the Philippines and Paraguay has doubled the amount of people using mobile data. He further added, that they would continue to work on connecting the whole world by inventing new technologies.

In their sincere efforts to use Internet.org to connect the whole world with internet, Mark and his team have been working to figure out ways to beam internet to people from sky. Mark’s main goal is to make access to basic internet services affordable to every person in the world.

Facebook has hired aerospace and communications experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Center for the new “Connectivity Lab” project. Their team constitutes of many of the world’s experts in aerospace and communications technology, including experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. Marc is also planning to bring into the team key members of the team from Ascenta. A small UK based company. This company’s founders created early versions of world’s longest flying solar-powered drone – Zephyr. The whole team will work on connectivity aircraft.


Facebook has been working with telecommunications carriers for quite some time in order to make internet access more affordable and available like never before. Mark envisages a fleet of solar drones and low-earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites delivering internet access to all the areas of the world. Invisible infrared beams would augment the speed of internet connections delivered by the drones.

Facebook is treading on Google’s footsteps. Google is working on various “moonshot” projects and last year Google had announced plans to use solar-powered balloons to deliver internet access to the remote regions around the world.

Starting with WhatsApp acquisition, thereafter the Oculus takeover and now this amazing shot at another connectivity technology, Facebook seems to have a long way filled with success and fame in future as well.

Recently reports surfaced that Facebook is pondering over acquisition of the drone company – Titan Aerospace. With all these high ambitious projects, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is geared up for being a major and the toughest competitor of Google’s Project Loon.

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