Facebook is planning to launch at least one plane in 2015.
Facebook’s Internet.org programme is planning to launch internet beaming drones which will be as big as Boeing 747 commercial jet, and might be able to fly for years.
The social media giant previously teamed up with other companies to form Internet.org, an initiative to provide free internet to far flung areas where internet connectivity is still to reach.
Facebook Connectivity Lab engineering director Yael Maguire told in Mashable’s Social Good Summit : "In order for us to fly these planes — unmanned planes that have to fly for months, or perhaps years at a time — we actually have to fly above the weather, above all airspace."
"That’s between 60,000 and 90,000 feet. Routinely, planes don’t fly there, and certainly not drones."
The planes will be powered by solar energy and it will provide Wi-Fi coverage.
Present regulations allows one pilot per plane, but the company is looking for a regulatory environment that will allow the social media giant to allow one pilot to manage up to 100 solar-powered planes.
Facebook Connectivity Lab is also working on policy, which is helping the technology and development teams on regulations that are in place.
Facebook might not reveal the planes to the public, and is planning to test it at an undisclosed US location.