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7/22/2016
10:05 AM

Facebook's Aquila Internet Drone Completes First Flight

WiFi takes to the skies in the form of Aquila, a self-piloting Facebook drone with a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737. It's another move by companies such as Facebook and Google to deliver internet services through unconventional means.

(Image: Facebook)

(Image: Facebook)

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Charlie Babcock
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7/22/2016 | 7:08:59 PM
Solar-powered, someday, but not yet
Aquila is designed to be a solar-powered plane but so far its test flights have been based on ground-charged batteries that it carries aloft. I don't think they've built an Aquila with solar cell-covered wings, like those of the Solar Impulse 2. But we know it can be done. Part of the reason battery-powered aircraft are suddenly in vogue is the availability of small, light but powerful aircraft engines running on electricity.
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