In the post I mentioned the proposed large solar-powered drones that are a key part of the project to distribute the Internet to remote areas via Laser. Although it sounds like a late April Fools Joke - the whole idea and concept is very true. As I also said yesterday, whether you agree with the project or not you just can't fault the original thinking and design that has gone into making this happen.
The drone (code named Aquila after the eagle in Greek mythology who carried Jupiter's thunderbolts) is a very impressive piece of engineering.
The V-shaped, carbon fibre prototype weighs between 880lbs. and 1,000lbs. It has a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737 and is capable of flying at altitudes between 60,000 feet and 90,000 for three months at a time.
According to Mashable.com:
"The Aquila is just one part of Internet.org, the Facebook-backed organization that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched in 2013, aimed at bringing Internet connectivity to the remaining 10% of the world's population who lack access. The service partners with local telecomm companies and developers to offer a free, basic Internet experience with access to things like Facebook, Wikipedia and BBC News."
As I say, very impressive - and also further proof that Facebook is a lot more than we perhaps think it is as well as being led by a truly innovative, very human and forward thinking CEO.