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Video: Facebook is using laser-shooting drones to spread Internet access

29
Mar
2014

Facebook and Internet.org on Thursday announced the Connectivity Lab, a team that will work on connecting more people to the Internet by using some new technologies including unmanned solar-powered drones, low-orbit satellites and a laser-based technology to connect the elements of the system in order to accomplish its goals. The company will use a new technology called free-space optics (FSO) to connect low-orbit satellites with one another to deliver Internet connections in remote areas where regular Internet deployment is otherwise difficult. These laser-based technology has apparently been designed to offer fiber optics-like data connections. The drones would fly well above commercial airspace at 20 kilometers above Earth (or about 65,000 feet) relying on solar power during the day and on internal

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