Facebook is moving forward with their project for delivering Internet access to remote and hard to reach regions of the world.
The first successful test with large, solar-powered drones have been done in the skies over UK, announced chief executive Mark Zuckerburg.
“As part of our Internet.org effort to connect the world, we’ve designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky,” said Zuckerberg in a blog post. “We’ve successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK.”
The drones is developed by Ascenta, a company that specializes in pilot free and solar-powered aircrafts. This is the same company that Facebook bought in early 2014. The newly developed drone will be able to fly at altitudes of 60,000 feet for months at a time on solar power. Their wingspans will be greater than that of a Boeing 737, but will weigh less than a car.