31 Jul '15, 2pm

Facebook’s long-awaited internet plane is a solar-powered drone with a Boeing 737 wingspan

The futuristic tech that empowers the Aquila appropriately involves lasers. In regions without Internet access, ground-based lasers will pinpoint the location of the nearest Aquila. Like an echolocating bat, the Aquila will move towards the signal, then determine the specific location based on the laser signal. Because the Aquila depends on laser communication via the sky, Internet service can become slow and patchy in inclement weather. Rain and clouds notwithstanding, Facebook’s lasers are a force to be reckoned with. The company has tested a laser that delivers data at the speed of dozens of gigabytes per second, much higher than the current technology in use can deliver.

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