Facebook's Plan For Laser Communication System

Mark Zuckerberg gives first look at lasers in Facebook's connectivity lab.

ByAlyssa Newcomb
July 02, 2015, 9:46 AM
PHOTO: Facebook is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities that will increase the speed of sending data over long distances.
Facebook is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities that will increase the speed of sending data over long distances.
Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

— -- It doesn't get more futuristic than this.

Mark Zuckerberg gave the world its first look at a laser communications system being developed by Facebook's Connectivity Lab as a way to quickly beam data into communities.

"This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook wall.

While a network of lasers could help efficiently beam information over long distances, Zuckerberg said the beams seen in the photos he shared are just for show and normally would not be visible.

Zuckerberg has made it his mission to expand Internet access in developing countries through his Internet.org initiative, which has been rolled out to 14 countries since its launch in 2013.

In March, he revealed Facebook had completed its first test of an unmanned aircraft that could be used to bring Internet connectivity to the most remote parts of the world.

It's expected the final design will produce an airplane with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but lighter than a car.

Running on solar power, Zuckerberg said it's expected the plane could fly at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

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