A year ago, Facebook revealed details about its plans to use unmanned airship drones to transmit the internet to the nearly 4 billion people around the world who do not have internet. Today, the social networking company announced that Aquila, its solar drone, has completed its first full-scale test flight.
According to the details, this inaugural functional check was at low altitude and the plane was in the air for more than 90 minutes – 3 times longer than Facebook had initially expected.
The company claimed it checked aerodynamic performance, batteries, control systems, and crew training. He has already scheduled a second test that will assess Aquila’s speed and altitude tolerance before striving to reach the goal of hovering above 60,000 feet.
Previous tests have been in the works, but only with an aircraft that is one-fifth the size of the Aquila.