Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s solar-powered Internet plane Aquila has taken flight.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, Zuckerberg introduced the 140-foot wingspan aircraft that is designed to provide Internet access to remote regions.
To see the story about the plane’s design, here’s the link to the video and Zuckerberg’s Facebook post. It already has over 20,000 likes.
“Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky,” he wrote. “It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time.
“This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies.”
The plane isn’t just an idea or a mockup. An actual version of the plane was built in the United Kingdom and Facebook plans to test it, probably somewhere in the United States, later this year, according to Facebook’s VP of Engineering Jay Parikh.