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Drones beaming web access are in the stars for Facebook

The V-shaped unmanned vehicle is the centrepiece of Facebook's plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach

Quentin Hardy & Vindu Goel  |  Menlo Park (California) 

In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter's thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company's lofty ambitions. The V-shaped unmanned vehicle, which has about the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a small car, is the centrepiece of Facebook's plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach. Taking to the skies to beam internet access down from solar-powered drones may seem like a stretch for a tech company that sells ads to make money. The ...

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First Published: Fri, March 27 2015. 00:15 IST
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