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Facebook’s internet-beaming drone completes first test flight | KurzweilAI

Facebook’s internet-beaming drone completes first test flight | KurzweilAI

Facebook Connectivity Lab announced today the first full-scale test flight of Aquila — a solar-powered unmanned airplane/drone designed to bring affordable internet access to some of the 1.6 billion people living in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks.

When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming internet connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet to people within a 60-mile communications diameter for up to 90 days at a time. It will be part of a future fleet of drones.

Source: Facebook’s internet-beaming drone completes first test flight | KurzweilAI