Facebook, Drones, Lasers, and Internet

30842063_SHow much new ground can Facebook actually make?

It seems like every day the corporate behemoth is rolling out something exciting that is guaranteed to change the world as we know it.

Their latest project will accomplish all that and more. It also might be the most socially conscious of their ideas to date, although it might not seem it at first as they will be utilizing drones.

Drones have a stigma surrounding them; people assume that they are for military use only, which is wrong.

Drones can also be used for good, to connect the world in a way not even thought possible.

In a recent post, Mark Zuckerberg wrote,

“I’m excited to announce we’ve completed construction of our first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of our Internet.org effort. Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down Internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. We’ve also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We’ve successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.”

What this all means is that Zuckerberg and Facebook intends for these drones to communicate with the ground using radio signals. This ground station will transmit an Internet signal to the mothership.

Utilizing a system of lasers, the mothership will feed other aircrafts and drones the Internet signals, which will then send it back down to the ground to people needing the Internet.

The aim of this project is to bring Internet services to parts of world where there is none.

At Seiffert Industrial, we think this is a noble endeavor and we are behind them 100 percent!