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This summer, Facebook plans to test version of its aircraft powered by solar energy. This is a step in the efforts of Mark Zuckerberg and company to provide internet access to billions of people worldwide.

Earlier this month, Facebook tested small drone size about one tenth of that of the planned models. The final version will have a wingspan as a Boeing 737, but weighs as much as a small car.

Drone is called Aquila, and the picture you see is officially distributed by Facebook. It is one of the aspects of the plan Internet.org on Facebook, which aims to expand access for 1.1 to 2.8 billion people in the world.

From Facebook are adamant that it is unlikely soon to see their Drones distributing internet, over our heads. They cite the need to improve safety and communication functions, as well as establish partnerships with mobile operators.

“We are working on a real flight test sometime this summer,” said in an interview at the annual conference for developers (F8), Jay Parikia, which is Vice President of Engineering.

“Depending on how will run this test flight, we will see what will happen that way,” he added. “It’s a big plane, a large project that has never been implemented before.”

Among other challenges is the power of Drones. Parikia says that the technology of solar batteries Aquila, were developed only recently. Technology available today for solar powered “not good enough for what we are trying to do with this aircraft,” he said.

Facebook is working with mobile operators to expand Internet access. Parikia says Facebook is unlikely to offer direct services competing operators.

Seven million people in seven countries have begun to use basic Internet services, including Facebook, through the initiative Internet.org.

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