Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has discontinued the helicopter drone project, which was demonstrated at the F8 developer conference in last year May. The company initiated the project with an aim to help people in disaster affected areas by providing temporary cellular signals through power lines.
According to the design concept, telecommunication equipment will be fitted in the helicopter that flies high and tethers the signal to the power lines and fiber optics in areas where the signal is unavailable due to a natural calamity or other disasters.
The spokesperson of Facebook said the company has abandoned the project to focus on millimeter wave, Terragraph, and high altitude platform station (HAPS) programs.
Facebook has provided just the Tether-tenna, an antenna, for the helicopter drone project. Everfly, a small startup, has built the other parts of the project.
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Everfly is a spin-off of Otherlab, a research company. The team of Otherlab that worked on helicopter drone project has planned to commercialize the technology. But, it could not mobilize the funds for the project. As a result, the team dispersed last summer.
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