Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Launches Its Drone to Power the WorldDate Published: 2016-08-09
Author: Ophir Gottlieb
On July 22nd, 2016, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) successfully completed a test flight of a solar-powered drone that will beam internet from the sky to power the world's connectivity according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Facebook Inc. has its sights set on much more than social media. CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has openly stated that he believes it is his journey in life to bring the Internet to everyone -- not just the areas that have the potential to become middle class consumers but to power it for the globe.
Facebook's conduit to connecting another 4 billion people to the Internet is a fleet of solar powered drones, called Aquila.
That is an image of Aquila, Facebook's Internet-delivery drone flown by solar power. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 passenger jet, weighs less than 1,000 pounds, and can stay in the air for months at a time.
The aspirational view of the world that Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) brings to the world will be achieved with the modern marvel that is Aquila and July 22nd was a watershed moment. Check out this snippet from WEF:
So, Facebook Inc. essentially launched a self-flying airplane for an hour and a half and it took the power of a hair dryer. That flying hair dryer will power the Internet for billions of people and it won't be a government subsidy that makes it happen, it will be Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).
This is not so different an approach from what Alphabet (GOOGL)was reportedly taking with the Google "Project SkyBender", which according to the Verge, aims to beam 5G internet from solar-powered drones.
Facebook, however, appears to be in the lead.
"The challenge Facebook is trying to solve with Aquila is the 4 billion people without internet access. Over 1.6 billion of that number live in remote, difficult-to-access locations that currently lack mobile broadband networks" (Source: WEF).
Here's to Facebook, the world, and its lofty aspirations.
The author had no position in Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) stock at the time of this writing.
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