In latest technology news, it is heard that worldâ€™s most popular social networking website known as Facebook has built its own drone to provide internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone built by Facebook has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 jet plane and it will operate at the height of ninety thousand feet. This drone also has the capability to stay airborne for approximately ninety days. According to Facebook resources, it is heard that this drone will be able to offer ten gigabits per second internet speed to the users within its range.
This Facebook drone will be tested in US this year. Facebookâ€™s vice president of global engineering and infrastructure Jay Parikh said that the drone is designed in United Kingdom by a Facebookâ€™s aerospace team. He said that his goal is to accelerate the development of new set of technologies that can considerably modify the economics of arraying internet substructure.
Jay Parikh also said that we are exploring number of various approaches to accomplish this challenge, which popularly includes terrestrial solutions, satellites and aircrafts. He said that our intention is not to construct networks and then afterwards operate them by ourselves but rather quickly change the state of these types of technologies to the point that they become worthwhile solutions for the operators and other people for deployment.
Facebook drone is built in a duration of 14 months and it has the capability of a wingspan of 42 meters. Technical aerospace team of Facebook said that the some Helium balloons would be connected with the drone to help it float up in the air. The technical team said as the aircrafts has to constantly move to stay aloft; this drone will also circle a 3-kilometer radius.
The drone will be at a height of 90,000 feet in the day; however, it will drift down to a height of 60,000 feet at night to preserve energy. Facebook executives said that this drone is part of the Aquila program, which was introduced to provide internet access to the 10 percent of the population of the world.