This Facebook project used drones for data speed

The project called "Catalina" started in 2017 but was canceled due to unknown reasons.

However, this is not the first time Facebook develops drone-related projects.

The project was discontinued a few months after being shown off at the F8 developer conference in May of 2017.

The Menlo Park, California-headquartered technology giant worked on a far-out project, called Catalina, in recent years that aimed to build tiny fixed-wing aircraft capable of ferrying media to communities to augment slow internet connections like 2G, Business Insider has learned.

In June 2018, Facebook announced it made a decision to abandon its plan to develop a high-flying solar-powered drone called Aquila that was aimed to deliver Internet to almost four billion people in remote parts of the world.

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Tether-tenna was a much smaller scale idea compared to Aquila.

Facebook recently explored building bird-size drones loaded with data to help improve people's internet connections. According to Engadget, that suggests that they were meant to relay information between tradition mobile infrastructure from afar and people's phones. While Aquila itself was scrapped, Facebook said it would continue to focus on the underlying connectivity technologies for possible use on other manufacturer's aircraft. It was meant to give more people a way to watch videos and view photos, which makes sense, seeing as the company most likely conjured up the project in an effort to find more users for its platform. The said free service has limitations wherein users can not access to websites outside of Facebook and are unable to see photos and videos.

A source told the site Catalina "began in late 2017 or earlier" and continued past end of Aquila in June 2018.

But the social networking giant still has its Internet.org initiative that has the stated aim of bringing Internet access and the benefits of connectivity to the portion of the world that doesn't have them.

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