An actual plane (of size 140-foot, solar-powered, unmanned Aquila) has been built by Facebook that it destined to serve as a flying internet bulb in providing Wi-Fi access to anywhere across the world where people find no signals to connect.
However, plane is not just a draft but it’s a real version of the machinery which was built in UK – according to Facebook’s VP of Engineering Jay Parikh Facebook is only to experiment with it somewhere in America by the end of year 2015.
INSIGHT: In past, the social giant had been into different discourses regarding plane development.
The development of plan is yet one another example of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s preaching of conquering the world all over.
That surely is one another example of what Marshal McLuhan stated earlier “world will get connected into a global village.” – decentralized system where flow of information could take place with an ease.
Facebook launched Internet.org a few years back to do just that, and has been trying to provide some emerging markets with free Internet services in hopes of getting them online (and on Facebook).
Some sources have also found Facebook to be stating it tends to seek using a system of lasers to beam data from the ground, to a network of planes in the sky, and back down to people on the ground.
It was revealed at a press event at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif that:
The planes will fly well above commercial airspace at somewhere between 60,000 and 90,000 feet. They will also be able to give wireless signals all over entire area having radius approx. 50 kilometers.
Not to mention, the plane, which weighs around 880 pounds, will launch from a balloon that carries it up between 70,000 and 80,000 feet.
Moreover, Facebook has no plans to sell planes or become a network provider.