Facebook to use drones to bring internet from the sky

No wonder Facebook’s CEO wants to see the whole world connected using internet technology – with Internet.org, an organisation that Facebook started in partnership with a few other technology companies.

600.jpgTaking another step in its plan to reach the unreachable, the company on Friday has announced the use of drone-technology that are capable of beaming internet in an area from the sky. For this, the company is bringing in the members of the team from Ascenta a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft.

These drones – as per the company – will fly somewhere above 20 kilometers from the sea level, far above jetlines and the weather. Check out the video:

Other than drones Facebook’s new Connectivity Lab will research the use of satellites and lasers to spread the reach of the internet to isolated locations.

“We’ve been working on ways to beam Internet to people from the sky,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an official statement, “Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.”

Bringing internet to the world isn’t a novel idea. Similarly Google initiated Project Loon few months ago – to help provide internet access in remote areas. But where Google used old fashioned Balloons to provide internet, Facebook has used a more tech-savvy approach.

But where the Internet.org tries to positions itself as a Facebook’s charitable effort, the ultimate goal of the organisation is a little skeptical and seems to come with a promise of eventual profit. These developing countries, where the social network plans to provide internet – is going to help the company by reaching out to a significant untapped audience and increase its user base.

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The world eCommerce is also working on drone technology with eComemrce giant Amazon getting all set to change the face of the delivery system. Named as Amazon Prime Air, Amazon is testing out flying delivery drones to deliver packages within 30 Minutes in the customer hands. The company is currently waiting for the necessary Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) rules and regulations, which are expected to come in 2015.

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