Having panicky thoughts about Facebook potentially buying an army of drones? Stop. Breathe. And remember: All drones are not created equal.
Most people think of drones — pardon, unmanned aerial systems – and their military applications, but Facebook’s possible acquisition and Amazon’s plan to use them as our friendly neighborhood delivery bots stand as good reminders that there are many kinds of drones out there, and they’re subject to different regulations.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is looking to drones to help it fulfill its mission to wire the parts of the world that still aren’t connected to the Internet — the company has declined to comment on rumors or speculation. The unmanned systems in question are made by Titan Aerospace and are meant to fly way up in the atmosphere to provide Internet connections to rural or undeveloped areas. They can carry a payload of up to 25 pounds and can stay in the air for up to five years.