SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 Facebook Inc is
harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as a part of an
ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to
people in underdeveloped parts of the world.
The world's No. 1 social network said on Thursday it has
hired aerospace and communications experts from NASA's Jet
Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Center for the new
"Connectivity Lab" project.
"Today, we're sharing some details of the work Facebook's
Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers
to deliver the internet to everyone," Facebook Chief Executive
Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook.
He gave few specifics and did not specify a time frame.
The move extends the social networking company's
Internet.org effort, in which Facebook has been working with
telecommunications carriers to make Internet access more
available and affordable.
"We're going to continue building these partnerships, but
connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology
too," Zuckerberg said in his post.
Google Inc, the world's largest Internet search
engine, is also driving an effort along the same lines. It
announced plans last year to use solar-powered balloons to
deliver Internet access to remote regions of the world.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; editing by Matthew Lewis)