Facebook is expanding its drone team

21 Nov 2014

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Facebook drone design. Photo via Internet.org

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In its bid to bring the internet to everyone on the planet, social network Facebook is ramping up its drone operations by adding new members to the team.

As pointed out by Re/Code, the social network is seeking applicants for three new drone-related postitions in its California office.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, the new employees will work closely with the company's London operations after the acquisition of UK-based drone maker Ascenta earlier this year.

In September, it was reported that Facebook is planning to launch a fleet of solar-powered flying drones in the hope of connecting billions of people to the internet. The crafts will cruise at between 60,000 to 90,000 to avoid bad weather and airspace.

The project is part of the company's Internet.org initiative which aims to provide internet access to everyone on the planet.

Last week, a drone almost entirely made from a root-like fungal material became the first biodegradable drone following its first successful test flight. Developed by NASA's Ames Research Center, the device’s core structure is made from a material known as mycelium which is both lightweight and biodegradable, which may pave the way for cheaper, disposable drones.

Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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