Facebook Passes First Full-Scale Test on Aquila Internet Drone [ Current News (Concise) ]
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.
- 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