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Facebook plans to use satellites and drones to deliver internet

Posted March 28, 2014


Earlier this week Facebook acquired virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion, now the company has announced its new intriguing project in-order to connect the world through internet.  Facebook plans to bring Internet to the two third of the world via drones, satellites, infrared lasers, and more. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s Connectivity Lab which will work on project to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.

The team behind this project of talents, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Ames Research Center and the team from Ascenta, a UK-based company which is involved in designing and building high-altitude long-endurance (HALE). The five-member Ascenta team has combined more than 100 years of experience in the aerospace industry including leadership positions with QinetiQ, Boeing, Honeywell and the Harris Corporation. They have worked on projects like the Breitling Orbiter and early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft.

The’s approach is based on the principle that different sized communities need different solutions and they are already working on new delivery platforms—including planes and satellites—to provide connectivity for communities with different population densities.
For suburban areas in limited geographical regions, they’ve been working on solar-powered high altitude, long endurance aircraft that can stay aloft for months, be quickly deployed and deliver reliable internet connections. For lower density areas, low-Earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites can beam internet access to the ground. In-order to implement these systems, the team is looking at Free-space optical communication, or FSO, which is a way of using light to transmit data through space using invisible, infrared laser beams.
Checkout the video below explaining the details about the future connectivity ;

While Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook post ;

In our effort to connect the whole world with, we’ve been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.

Today, we’re sharing some details of the work Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.

Our goal with is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.

We’ve made good progress so far. Over the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay alone has doubled the number of people using mobile data with the operators we’ve partnered with, helping 3 million new people access the internet.

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