Facebook Passes First Full-Scale Test on Aquila Internet Drone (Download PDF)


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Facebook has completed the first full-scale test flight of its Aquila drone. Facebook’s Internet drones named ‘Aquila’ has passed first full-scale test. This was the first time using the full-scale drone.

  • Flight test was undertaken in Yuma, Arizona (US).
  • It was only destined to last for 30 minutes but the test went so well that the plane was kept flying for up for 96 minutes.
Image shows the Aquila Internet drone

Image Shows the Aquila Internet Drone

showing image of Aquila Internet drone

About Aquila:

  • Aquila is solar-powered internet drone and it designed to beam the Internet service to remote areas of the world.
  • Aquila is developed by Facebook’s Connectivity Lab.
  • It weighs less than 1,000 pounds and made of a carbon fiber composite body.
  • Aquila communications burden uses lasers to transfer data.
  • Lasers will be capable to purpose its internet beams perfectly enough to hit target (base station) while it is in motion.
  • Drone is in some ways is self-piloting but depend on on ground crews who direct, sustains, and display the aircraft.
  • Through software ground crew controls the drone and that permits them to determine elevation, heading and air speed, or even send a GPS-based route.
  • Solar-powered drone has been designed in such a way that it will be capable to fly without landing for three months at a time.
  • The elevation of commercial airplanes in the Stratosphere it will operate between 18km and 27km above.
  • Therefore, it would not be affected by weather.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 25, 2016

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