“Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time.” – Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook has successfully conducted the first test flight of its drone technology, explained the social media giant’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer during his keynote at the firm’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco.
Tech Crunch reports that the drone, codenamed Aquila, weighs less than a car and will use solar power to stay in the air for three months at a time. Aquila will use lasers to provide Internet access to people 60,000 to 90,000 feet below, and communication with other Facebook drones providing coverage over a wide area.
Facebook will conduct Aquila test flights this summer, with a broader rollout over the next several years, according to TechCrunch.