SoftBank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023
Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.
SoftBank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.
Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.
The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...