Facebook developing internet-equipped helicopter for emergencies
The aircraft will be deployed to provide "instant infrastructure" during times of crisis
By PoliceOne Staff
Facebook is currently developing a helicopter that could provide “instant infrastructure” during a crisis.
According to the Verge, the company said the small aircraft, named “Tether-tenna,” would be deployed during an emergency, tether to fiber and electricity lines and provide an internet signal to a wide area.
“When completed, this technology will be able to be deployed immediately and operate for months at a time to bring back connectivity in case of an emergency,” manager of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab Yael Maguire wrote in a blog post.
In the past year, Facebook has attempted to make internet accessible for all. The Verge reported that in 2016, Facebook launched Terragraph, a "multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas,” and Aquila, a drone that beams an internet signal from the air.
“Developing next-generation technology takes a lot of testing and iteration — we know these projects will take a decade to develop,” Maguire wrote. “But if we're going to build communities that work for everyone, that starts with building connectivity that works for everyone.”