Facebook Successfully Tests Internet-Beaming Drone

Facebook now intends to build a fleet of Aquila drones

Facebook has tested a drone intended to provide internet to remote areas of the world. After the Aquila drone's first successful flight of 96 minutes on 28th June, Facebook has said that it intends to build a fleet of planes that will help provide an internet connection to millions of people in remote places such as sub-Saharan Africa. Jay Parikh, Facebook's head of engineering and infrastructure, said that the next tests will push the drone “above 60,000 feet”. The drone is eventually due to be able to fly for three months non-stop, using laser technology to connect remote areas of the world to the internet. 

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