Facebook's Internet Drone Is Already Set For Flight Testing
A prototype of Aquila is ready for full-scale testing, and Facebook's engineers are working on new state-of-the-art data links for it.By Evan Thomas | July 31, 2015
Facebook is serious about this Internet drone thing. It’s announced the first prototype of Aquila is ready for flight testing.
The drone resembles a stealth bomber, but weighs less than a Prius. Its carbon-fiber frame has the wingspan of a 737, and is completely coated in solar panels to supply its flight power.
Facebook designed Aquila to loiter above remote areas for 90 days at a time, supplying broadband speeds from as high as 90,000 feet, anywhere in the world. For that, Facebook intends to supply it with a laser-based data link.