Remember how a while back we saw how Google unveiled delivery drones? The tech giant is planning to use the drones created by the now famous Google X labs to deliver food and consumables to remote areas. Today, we found out that Facebook is working on drones also, but these types of drones won’t give the people food, but internet, what else? Facebook will begin testing internet-connected drones in 2015.
Facebook Will Begin Testing Internet-Connected Drones
Facebook is planning to begin testing the internet-connected drones next year, in hopes to provide internet connectivity in hard-to-reach locations. They’re planning to launch their first drone in 2015, but their larger goal is to provide internet access with the help of unmanned planed three to five years from now.
Yael Maguire, who is a research assistant at the Facebook Connectivity Lab, dropped by the Social Good Summit in New York and talked about Facebook’s plans to bring internet connectivity to remote areas of the world. He revealed that the main issue with the internet-connected drones is bringing them up above the weather, which would mean between 60,000 to 90,000 feet in the air and have them stay there for months.
In order for us to fly these planes — unmanned planes that have to fly for months, or perhaps years at a time — we actually have to fly above the weather, above all airspace. That’s between 60,000 and 90,000 feet. Routinely, planes don’t fly there, and certainly not drones. We’re taking on a whole bunch of technical risk, but we’re also taking on whole bunch of regulatory risk, because there are no rules about flying planes outside of 60,000 feet and above. There are no rules about beaming signals down to people in those environments.
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