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Facebook's Internet-sharing drones to begin testing next year, multiple challenges still remain

By Shawn Knight
Sep 24, 2014
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  1. Web titans Facebook and Google continue to press forward with their respective plans to deliver Internet connectivity to those living off the grid in remote parts of the world but as Facebook's Yael Maguire recently discussed during a talk at...

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    All this talk of drones...

    This is just going to give some group of guys a new hobby. Drone shooting... such a terrible idea.

    Yea, lets put all kinds of unmanned flying things in the air, and hope nobody gets hurt.
     
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    I'll reply to myself before someone else does....

    60,000 to 90,000 feet in the air might make it some really difficult target practice... but with that distance, will it actually provide anything usable? Or even with the time and money put into it?
     
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    Hmm how do you get a signal over such a long distance? I assume it would be some kinda of backhaul deal that would feed down to terrestrial towers and spread out from there but still, it will be challenging for sure!
     
  5. You should take a look at the Google loon project. What they do is, they talk to other balloons/drones and eventually get the request to a server on the ground. Its kinda how satellite internet works but with less latency because its closer than the satellites. Google's project loon is trying to put LTE on the balloons/drones.
     
  6. What about the space under 60000 the it travels through when launching? Wouldn't regulations apply to it then?
     
  7. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Rookie Posts: 75

    Well, if satellite internet works at 22,300 *MILES* above earth, I'm sure they can find some way for this to work lol.
     
  8. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Addict Posts: 142   +57

    60,000 to 90,000 feet is only 11 to 17 miles. The signal strength and bandwidth on offer would be so much better than the current satellite internet available in the kinds of countries this project is designed for.

    I hope they get the regulatory bits sorted for this. Easily accessible internet usage will be such a boon to more deprived areas of the world.
     
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  9. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

    I hate the word drone now. People call everything that flies a drone anymore.
     
  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    There was a drone on my kitchen. I just killed it right before it landed on my food!
     

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