Facebook’s Aquila drone
Should the planet be a design project? The Future Starts Here suggests we are increasingly seeing it as such, particularly as we look to exploit previously inaccessible or unclaimed areas of it.
That’s where the biggest object in the exhibition comes in – Facebook’s Aquila internet-providing drone. The real item, complete with 40-metre wingspan, will hang in a V&A gallery. The solar-powered, ultralight unmanned aircraft is able to bring connectivity to unconnected areas of the world.
“What’s interesting about this project is it inverts what we think of as infrastructure,” said Pestana. “Infrastructure’s no longer something that happens under the ground, where we cannot see it, but in the atmosphere, where we also cannot see it. The atmosphere is a new site of design.”