Facebook has built an aircraft that delivers Internet from 90,000 feet

Facebook has built an aircraft that delivers Internet from 90,000 feet

Facebook has its fingers in yet another pie. On it's newsroom today the company has announced an aircraft that can deliver Internet to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet for 90 days. The aircraft known as Aquila has a wingspan of a 737 but weighs hundreds of times less thanks to a unique design and carbon-fiber frame. The aircraft was designed by Facebook's aerospace team in the UK and is now ready for flight testing.

Facebook has also announced that its team in California have achieved a significant breakthrough in internet speed. They've designed and tested a laser that can deliver data at 10s of GB per second. The company says that they will now begin testing these in real-world conditions, and when finished it will be possible for their laser communications system to connect to the Aquila aircraft thus making it possible to create a stratospheric network that could extend to even the most remote parts of the world.

Check out the video above for a look at the Aquila.

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