Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced over the weekend that the company is putting together the Connectivity Lab where engineers, including researchers from NASA, will build flying drones, satellites and infrared lasers capable of beaming internet to the entire world.
In his statement (posted straight to his FB timeline, of course), Zuckerberg said:
"Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world ... Our team has many of the world's leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. Today we are also bringing on key members of the team from Ascenta, a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft."
Welcome to the future of connectivity.