Facebook To Launch Planes To Beam Better Wi-Fi Across Planet

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iPhone with no Wi-Fi/A cloud without the sky–Nicky Jam, “Without You” (2017)

Better Wi-Fi will soon be winging your way if Facebook has anything to say about it!


Facebook recently announced that it is currently partnered with Airbus on a joint venture that could reportedly eliminate the issue of poor in-flight internet connections.  A few months ago, Facebook introduced a project christened Aquila.  Aquita is meant to provide internet access to even the most remote areas of the globe via a special drone.


More recently, the famous social network business officially announced that it was teaming up with Airbus “to advance spectrum and aviation policy and continue to demonstrate the viability of HAPS [high altitude platform station] systems for providing broadband connectivity.”  Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that once Aquila is launched there “will be a fleet of solar-powered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world.  It will be an unmanned aircraft fleet able to fly for months without landing.


While certain online sources might consider Airbus to be an “unlikely” partner when it comes to increasing world connectivity, others note that Airbus does more than simply construct planes.  They also manufacturer such space travel equipment as satellites, launchers, and even entire space exploration systems.  Paul Eremenko, Airbus chief technology officer, told Bloomberg that they are researching both single-pilot and pilotless aircraft for use in the future.  


The company’s participation in Aqila may even work to the advantage of the passengers on their own aircraft.  Introducing the internet to even the most remote parts of the planet may finally bring an end to areas of flight routes where passengers lose their connections.  This means that not only could plane passengers enjoy an uninterrupted connection but it could also lead to the end of missing planes because this technology would be able to fill in any possible gaps in current satellite imagery.

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