Many places around the world do not have access to the Internet. Such places do not enjoy the same opportunities as that of internet-enabled areas. The infrastructure required to implement and maintain internet services may be beyond their reach.
Recently, Facebook made the headlines, when it announced its Drone Program to the world. The various utilities to which drones have been put to are numerous. But, imaginations have begun to run wild, when Facebook introduced its most ambitious project to date. Meet Aquila- A solar-powered drone weighing less than 1000 pounds, launched with the help of helium balloons. It will remain in the sky for 3 months without landing as it does not have any wheels. Aquila will use laser technology to beam data at the rate of 10s of gigabits per second to a base station on the ground, which will then be accessed by Internet Service Providers. These ISPs will then provide internet facilities to local users, who have till now have had no other means to access the internet.
The use of Aquila does cause a few raised eyebrows. One factor will be how it plans to land after its stipulated flying time without any sort of landing gear. Another is that users can expect slower internet speeds during cloudy and rainy days, as the Aquila is a solar powered drone.