Finally, Facebook has accomplished its more than a year long solar-powered drone plan which has just launched its first flight and had an effective experimental run and wound up staying in the sky for an hour and a half, interestingly, it was three-times longer than Facebook had originally claimed.
About fifteen months ago in March 2015 Facebook announced its massive sized solar powered drone plan at the F8 conference giving the name of the drone as Aquila with the intention of giving internet access to the 4 billion individuals on the planet who have no net access.
Regarding their project, this giant social media company has given an aphorism saying that “Aquila is a solar-powered airplane that can be used to bring affordable internet to hundreds of millions of people in the hardest-to-reach places. When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems.”
On the other hand, CEO Mark Zuckerberg also wrote that “Eventually, our 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 — something that’s never been done before.”
By the way, it is mentioned that the drone has a wingspan tantamount to a Boeing 737 and the completed model should fly at heights of between 60,000 to 90,000 feet for a time of three months.
In spite of the fact that it is so big and anticipated to stay in flight for that measure of time, the unmanned gadget is said to require the same amount of energy as a hairdryer or a microwave.
However, Facebook’s grand objective is still quite a while away, though Zuckerberg notes there are still a few noteworthy production obstacles to beat, as how to make it significantly lighter and how to decrease its dependence on the ground group that works the plane.
According to Facebook, it plans to do frequent tests throughout the following year with the objective of making Aquila fly at higher heights for longer times.