Facebook to unveil solar powered drone

Facebook has announced that it will be testing a solar powered drone that will be able to stay in the air for up to three months. This plane will then provide internet access to the areas of the world that have limited to no access currently.

The idea stemmed from the solar powered drone which has recently broke the world record for flying around the world using solar power. Facebooks version will be the size of a Boeing 737 jet and will require helium filled balloons to bring it to the correct altitude.

Facebook believes that offering internet access to the 10% of the word with no access (around 700,000,000 people) will expand its market. Google are also rumoured to be using a similar strategy, with their own version of the drones expected to be released next year. Both companies are fighting for the market share of internet users.