Mark Zuckerberg is once step closer to providing internet access around the world.
Zuckerberg wants to use the drone, called Aquila, to “beam” internet connectivity to some of the most remote areas in the world. The Facebook co-founder wrote that there are about 4 billion people—about half of the world’s population—who are left without access.
“We successfully gathered a lot of data to help us optimize Aquila's efficiency. No one has ever built an unmanned airplane that will fly for months at a time, so we need to tune every detail to get this right,” Zuckerberg recently wrote on Facebook. “When Aquila is ready, it will be a fleet of solar-powered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world. Today, more than half the world's population—four billion people—still can't access the internet. One day, Aquila will help change that.”