Facebook ready to fly drones over Silicon Valley

The Menlo Park company wants to speed up the Aquila project and has requested permission from the FCC to test small drones on its premises

Facebook doesn't stop and continues its evolution: after creating a colossus thanks to the social network, Mark Zuckerberg's goal is to bring the Internet to the most remote areas of the Earth through the Aquila drone. And for this reason he has asked permission to fly over Silicon Valley.

The experiments are part of the Aquila project, a solar-powered drone that should bring the Internet to the most inaccessible parts of the world. The official request submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would last a few months with the goal of testing new applications and communication equipment in controlled flight at low altitude. The drones should fly at a height of about 120 meters and be able to transmit a wireless signal at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. The experiments should be carried out by FCL Tech, a subsidiary of the Menlo Park company.

The Aquila project is not a mirage

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If the tests bear the desired fruit, Facebook will finally be able to start the Aquila project. Mark Zuckerberg is committing himself in first person so that everything will be done in detail: being able to connect the whole world will allow new users to discover the many services offered by the Net, including Facebook. According to the plans of the Menlo Park company, the drones should fly at a height of twelve thousand meters and offer broadband to a very large territory. In the coming months we will certainly know more.

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