Internet.org, which is facebook’s endeavor to make internet accessible to the world population and keeping it away from becoming a luxury, in its latest offering has launched, Aquila, a solar-powered aircraft, which provides internet access from the sky.
“It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time”, said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, in his latest post on Facebook.
Zuckerberg also stated that the technology used by the aircraft, laser communications, to make internet accessible, was a breakthrough in itself.
“We’ve also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We’ve successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away”, added Mark in his post.
Mark while emphasizing the need of the project, in his post, showed concern for those who were deprived of the privilege of the internet.
“This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies”, expressed Mark.