(Source: CNN Money)
The company has posted more than a dozen jobs for aeronautical engineers, technicians and other specialists for its drone business. It’s all part of Facebook’s plan to connect the whole world to the Internet using drones, lasers and satellites.
Facebook (FB, Tech30) wants to know: Are you an avionics engineer who can create an autopilot system? How about a thermal engineer who can keep a drone cool during long flights? Or a systems engineer who can manage lasers in outer space?
They’ll all be members of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, where the company is researching ways to bring an Internet connection to everyone on the planet. An estimated two-thirds of the world’s population doesn’t currently have access to the Internet.
Most of the positions are based in California, split between Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters and the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills.
The rest are in London, where they’ll likely work with the engineers that Facebook brought on board from the small aviation company Ascenta earlier this year. Ascenta’s founders were behind the early versions of Zephr, which claimed the record as the longest-flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft.
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