It might not be physically possible for most of us to do so, but imagine watching the earth from so far away, that you can actually see the satellites revolving around it. Years from now, there's a good chance that somewhere on the upper layers of the atmosphere, way above commercial flight paths, you can see thin unmanned air-crafts gliding around the periphery. Those will be drones that will provide Internet connectivity to the remotest regions of the world.

Yes, Facebook has completed construction of its first full scale solar-powered drone, Aquila, as part of its Internet.org effort. Check out the evolution of the machine.

I'm excited to announce we’ve completed construction of our first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of our Internet.org effort. Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. We've also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We've successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That's ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies. Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time. Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality. Here’s a video showing the building of Aquila.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, 30 July 2015