Many of us think that internet as a global community. But the fact is that 2/3 of the world’s population does not yet have internet connection. Google and Facebook working on projects to provide affordable internet access to unconnected people around the globe. Google already started project Google Loon in this regard while Facebook is working on its ambitious project Facebook Aquila Drone. I am going to compare Google Loon and Facebook Aquila Drone in the blog post.

Similarity in Google Loon and Facebook Aquila Drone

Motive of Google Loon and Facebook Aquila Drone

Google Loon project is a network of balloons travelling in stratosphere designed to beam internet in remote and rural area to connect people. With the same motive Facebook connectivity lab working on making a squadron of Aquila drone to connect people in remote area.

Area of Operation

Both projects operates in the stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network. The height from sea level for placing balloons as well as drone sis 18 to 25 kilometer. This height is safe from Air Traffic as well as climate change.

Differences in Google Loon and Facebook Aquila Drone


Google loon project consist of balloon filled with Helium gas. In addition to that balloons are fitted with solar panel and hardware for beaming internet. Facebook Aquila drone is a carbon fibre solar-powered UAV. Helium gas is used to set drone in the stratosphere.


Google Loon using 2.4 and 5.8 GHz ISM bands and deliver speed comparable to 3G. While Facebook drone planning to deliver 4G like services at speed of 10 Gigabits per second.

Life of Equipment

The life of Google Balloon is 100 + days while Facebook claims that its drones can stay longer in air before coming down for maintenance.


The comparison between Google Loon and Facebook Aquila Drone is a rough idea at present. The reason being Google Loon project already started and providing its services in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. While Facebook Aquila Drones are in development process. It will be easy to compare once Facebook drones started its operation.

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