Meet the Drone Facebook Wants to Use to Bring the Internet to Poor and Rural Areas

In its ongoing quest to conquer—err, make the world a better place, Facebook is building an air force.

The company on Thursday released a video of Aquila, an ultralight solar-powered drone designed to beam Wi-Fi to poor and rural regions via lasers. Made of carbon fiber, Aquila has the wingspan of a 737 but weighs less than a Prius. It flies at upwards of 60,000 feet, high above commercial flights, and Facebook claims it will stay aloft for three months at a time. The company is...

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