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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. 

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Posted by Facebook Engineering on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.

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“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.” 

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