Jun 30, 2017

Facebook drone in successful test flight

Facebook has completed a second test of a solar-powered drone designed to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone - dubbed Aquila - flew for one hour and 46 minutes in Arizona. The social network has ambitious plans for its drone fleet and eventually wants to have them communicating with each other via lasers and staying in the air for months at a time. Facebook had initially heralded its June 2016 test a success but later admitted the drone had crashed on landing. Director of aeronautical platforms Martin Luis Gomez said the drone had suffered "a few minor, easily repairable dings".

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