The social networking giant, Facebook is looking forward to buy unmanned drones to boost its Internet.org connectivity project. The project aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who don’t have access to internet.
As per reports, Facebook is spending $60 million in buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, classified as “atmospheric satellites”, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land. The drones are capable of traveling 4 million kilometers running on its solar power supply. The company would start by building 11,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically the “Solara 60″ model.
Facebook has teamed up with companies like Nokia, Samsung, Opera, and Qualcomm to form a collective working on making internet access cheaper for people around the world when using their smartphones and mobile devices.
A report at techweekeurope.co.uk states:
At Mobile World Congress, Facebook announced a range of projects related to Internet.org, including a pilot project for testing mobile technologies in Rwanda, a study from Deloitte into connectivity issues in developing countries, a Unilever research project into Internet connectivity in rural India and a GSM Association (GSMA) initiative to reduce mobile connectivity costs in developing countries.
The company also announced a joint project with Ericsson called the Internet.org Innovation Lab, which looks to simulate networking conditions in various developing countries around the world in order to allow engineers to optimise applications, networks, devices and services for particular markets. It is expected to open in the second half of this year.