Facebook has confirmed that its solar-powered Internet Drone Aquila has completed its first test flight. This project?s goal is to provide affordable internet access to more people.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that Aquila will break the record for longest unmanned aircraft flight. ?After two years of engineering, I?m proud to announce the successful first flight of Aquila ? the solar-powered plane we designed to beam internet to remote parts of the world,” ?Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook.
Here you can know more about Facebook?s Aquila.
What is Aquila? How does It work?
Aquila its solar-powered aircraft. Now it?s in the experimentation stage. ? Once they are fully operational, these high-altitude planes will stay airborne for up to 90 days at a time and beam broadband coverage to a 60-mile-wide area on the ground, helping to open the opportunities of the internet to people in underconnected regions,? Facebook revealed.
A full-time autopilot is controlling Aquila. ?Mark Zuckerberg has also confessed that Facebook?s goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time.
His company is highly enthusiastic to achieve something that?s never been done before. Aquila may take some more time to become fully operational.
Zuckerberg has confirmed that over the next year his team will be testing Aquila. Aquila will be helping around 4 billion people to join the internet world. ?Initially, Facebook wanted Aquila to fly for 30 minutes. Since everything went according to the plan, Facebook allowed Aquila to fly for 96 minutes. ?Aquila’s first test flight was conducted in in Yuma, Arizona.
In the testing period, Aquila is depending on batteries. In future, Aquila will be powered by solar energy. It has to collect enough energy during day hours. This energy will be used for propulsion, payload, avionics, heaters, lights, communications. Getting enough energy from sunlight is a big challenge for Aquila.
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