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Facebook will begin testing solar-powered drones later this year

The drones will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground

Facebook is dipping its wings into the drone field. The social networking company says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone.

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It’s part of an effort to deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world. The drones will have a wingspan of 140 feet––about the same as a Boeing 737––and weigh less than 1,000 pounds. The drones will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground.

Facebook rival Google is experimenting with high-altitude balloons and satellites in a program that has similar goals of providing Internet access.