Facebook also commissioned a new ‘Connectivity Lab’ for the project.
Facebook is planning to beam internet connectivity to citizens in isolated parts of the world via satellite, drones, and lasers, among other technology.
The social media major also commissioned a new ‘Connectivity Lab’, which involves aerospace and communications professionals from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Center in addition to hired five-member team that earlier worked for Ascenta.
The new lab will be tasked to carryout work on the Internet.org project, which is mainly targeted at using air- and space-born methods to connect billions of people who do not currently have Internet access.
Internet.org is joint venture between Facebook and telecom industry majors such as Nokia and Qualcomm.
A post on internet.org noted that the team’s approach is based on the principle that different sized communities need different solutions and they are already working on new delivery platforms — including planes and satellites — to provide connectivity for communities with different population densities.
"For suburban areas in limited geographical regions, we’ve been working on solar-powered high altitude, long endurance aircraft that can stay aloft for months, be quickly deployed and deliver reliable internet connections," the post added.
"For lower density areas, low-Earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites can beam internet access to the ground."
Further, the team is considering free-space optical communication (FSO), which uses light to broadcast data via space using invisible, infrared laser beams, as well boosts the speed of internet connections offered by satellites and drones.