Facebook is testing helicopter drone that can provide internet access

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One of the most important means of communication these days is the internet, so in situations where the internet is down, how can effective communication go on? although there are still other means, the internet offers several methods and features users can communicate and source for information.

Facebook is working towards keeping users always connected to internet. Recently, the social media firm revealed that they are testing out a new helicopter drone that will keep internet connection active.

According to Facebook, “For situations where a faster deployment is needed — such as a natural disaster, when infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed but some fiber lines still work — we’ve developed what we call Tether-tenna. It’s a small helicopter tethered to a fiber line and power—essentially, insta-infrastructure.”

“If the fiber line is still good to a certain point, we can make a virtual tower by flying a Tether-tenna a few hundred feet from the ground. When completed, this technology will be able to be deployed immediately and operate for months at a time to bring back connectivity in case of an emergency — ensuring the local community can stay connected while the in-ground connectivity is under repair.”

The helicopter drone/Tether-tenna is still in the early stages of development, this means we shouldn’t expect to see it in action anytime soon.

Facebook Inc. for a while now have worked on making the internet global, earlier on, the company partnered with French satellite company Eutelsat to provide internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa mainly via mobile phones, this was done as part of Facebook’s free mobile data scheme Internet.org and would achieved this using lasers and drones as well to get people around the world online.

“We’ve made a lot of progress on our connectivity programs in the last year, and we’re excited to see what comes next. Developing next-generation technology takes a lot of testing and iteration — we know these projects will take a decade to develop. But if we’re going to build communities that work for everyone, that starts with building connectivity that works for everyone. And we’re just getting started”.


Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.



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