Sunday, 30 March 2014


Facebook is at it again, the most populated social network is inventing new technologies to deliver affordable Internet access to everyone.

Facebook announced on Thursday that it's working to troubleshoot the technical and financial obstacles to bringing the Internet to the rest of the world with a team that it's calling Facebook Connectivity Lab .

The lab, which is closely linked with Facebook's which initiative, is building "drones, satellites, and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post published to his social-network Timeline.

The Connectivity Lab team, is tasked with the invention of new technology to provide affordable Internet access for all. The reveal coincides with the social network's decision to bring aboard five aerospace experts from the UK company Ascenta.

"Our team has many of the world's leading experts in aerospace and communications technology,
including from NASA's Jet
Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center,"
Zuckerberg said.
"Today we are also bringing on key members of the team from Ascenta, a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world's longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft. They will join our team working on connectivity aircraft."

To be precise, the Connectivity Lab team is working on something called free-space optical communication (FSO), which uses light to transmit data through space with infrared laser beams. In some suburban areas, Facebook
will use long-endurance aircraft to port reliable Internet connections, and in lower density areas the
company is testing low-Earth orbit satellites to beam Internet access to the ground.

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