S&T | Facebook's Drone Completes First Test Flight

S&T | Facebook's Drone Completes First Test Flight

By Reuters

The social media company says its solar-powered drone successfully completed its first test flight. But as Fred Katayama reports, some developing countries have concerns. 


It looks like a skeletal plane with over-sized wings, but this is Facebook's solar-powered drone.The social media company says the drone named Aquila just successfully completed a test flight. The huge lightweight aircraft was aloft a few thousand feet high for 96 minutes, three times longer than its chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer  had hoped. The goal : use it to extend internet access around the planet. 

S&T | Facebook's Drone Completes First Test Flight

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"The idea of this is to loiter around an area at a very high altitude, 60 to 90 thousand feet in the air, stand on station for months at a time and beam down the backbone internet access." - Jonathan Weber, Reuters Global Tech Editor.

"There are concerns in a lot of developing countries that Facebook under the guise of  providing internet connectivity is really just trying to get people signed up for Facebook" 

S&T | Facebook's Drone Completes First Test Flight

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Facebook is not alone. Google is testing high-altitude solar powered balloons to deliver internet access to remote, under-served areas.
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