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Facebook's Slender 'Aquila' Drone To Provide Internet In Remote Areas 55

Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook will start testing a 400kg drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 next year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, as part of the company's drive to connect people in remote areas to the Internet. Aquila will fly between 60,000ft and 90,000ft as to avoid adverse weather conditions and commercial air routes, while the attached laster can transmit data at 10Gbps. Facebook claims it can accurately connect with a point the size of a US 5-cent coin from more than 10 miles away.
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Facebook's Slender 'Aquila' Drone To Provide Internet In Remote Areas

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  • Aquila was actually an R/C sailplane design from before your were born. I have the plans in my closet. Great plane for sure. It was never a "drone" (whatever the fuck than means any more). Fucking kids these days. No knowledge, no skill, only Internet.

  • I'm quite familiar with Internet tech but never heard the need to stretch leather to make shoes. Perhaps they're making shoes for people so they can walk to the Internet cafe?

    • If you increase the laser output ,the facebook drone can carve leather from 90000 ft . It can also fry your "enter key" if It does not like your posts.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Granted a 737 is smaller than a 747 or A380, but I would hardly call it "slender", as far as aircraft go.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    as part of the company's drive to connect people in remote areas to Facebook.

    Fixed that for them.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It doesn't take a house full of popcorn to see that Zuck is a real genius.

  • Those 5-cent coins are made out of wood! They'll light right up!

  • A non starter (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Hitting a 5 cent size target from 10 miles away is quite useless when you are 17 miles up. Who comes up with that stuff?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      hey, it's a metaphor, just like using "Library of Congress" as a unit for information volume. 1 microradian pointing isn't something most people have a gut feel for. And, of course, they won't need to hit that small a target: more likely the ground terminal will have a 10cm or so aperture.

      • okay, so how many libraries of congress could it hit with it's laser at 17 miles? If you're going to get all technical on us, deliver something useful.

    • You need to immideately contact Facebook and warn them they are wasting money on this project.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Excuse me, but does this seem out of touch to anybody else? The world has much bigger problems than Internet access in remote areas. While Zuckerberg is busy playing with drones Syria is still burning, disease, poverty and starvation continue to grip most of the African continent and Vladimir Putin threatens to take Europe and the United States to the brink of war, not even to mention the bellicose Chinese policies of military expansion in the South China Sea. At least Bill Gates is pursuing more practical

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