That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

Facebook has announced that its unmanned solar-powered plane that’ll beam Internet to millions of people in remote communities around the world has completed its first test flight.

Known as Aquila, the aircraft is Facebook’s answer to the problem of Internet connectivity for the over four billion people around the world who are not yet online.That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places Has Completed Its First Test Flight

Aquila, which means Eagle in Latin, has the wingspan of an airplane but at cruising speed will consume only 5,000 watts – the same amount as three hair dryers, or a high-end microwave.That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

It was designed to stay up in the air for months (three precisely) at a time, circle a region of up to 60 miles in diameter and beam down Internet to communities below it using laser communications and millimetre wave systems.

The test flight, which was carried out on June 28 in Yuma, Arizona, was a low-altitude flight and it was so successful the aircraft had to be flown for more than 90 minutes – three times longer than originally planned.That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

During the flight, several performance models and components, including aerodynamics, batteries, control systems, and crew training were verified.

In the coming months and years, Facebook will push Aquila to the limits in a lengthy series of tests to further prove out the full capacity of the design.

Specifically, Aquila will be flown faster, higher and longer, eventually taking it above 60,000 feet.

Speaking on the milestone and importance of Aquila, Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook, Jay Parikh said, “…we believe this work has never been more important. New technologies like Aquila have the potential to bring access, voice and opportunity to billions of people around the world, and do so faster and more cost-effectively than has ever been possible before.”

The successful test flight of the Aquila is a huge milestone for Facebook, and it will give its quest of connecting the world and making it open through the Internet a much needed fillip.That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

Aquila’s First Flight : A Big Milestone Toward Connecting Billions of People

That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

That Facebook Owned Plane That will Beam Internet In Remote Places

Internet access can offer life-changing opportunities and experiences to all of us, but there are still 4 billion people without it. That’s 60% of the global population. As many as 1.6 billion of those unconnected people live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks, where implementing existing network technologies is so challenging and costly that it will take years to bring everyone affordable access. As part of our commitment to Internet.org, we formed the Facebook Connectivity Lab to build new technologies — including aircraft, satellites, and wireless communications systems — to help solve this problem more quickly.

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