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11
Sep

Facebook Aquila completes Second Test Flight

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Facebook just finished its second test flight for its solar powered drone that beams internet which goes by the name Aquila. 

According to Facebook engineers, the flight was carried out on May 22 in Yuma, Arizona and operated for an hour and 46 minutes. Facebook stated that the drone landed perfectly on their prepared site, while the previous version of the drone Aquila was extensively damaged in a crash from the duration of its first test flight over Arizona last year from an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In other to avert another crash, Facebook adjusted the design of Aquila drone, by incorporating wing spoilers, a smother exterior for the drone, and a horizontal propeller stopping mechanism. The current version of the drone in addition includes many sensors to record details about the flight performance. Facebook intend to use Aquila to beam internet access to parts of the world that are not connected. The drone wings are bigger than the Boeing 737 and is designed to reside aloft for several months at a time with altitudes reaching 60,000 feet. The drone is totally solar powered and needs the same amount of energy that will run three blow dryers.

Source: This article was published dailytech.com By Nenfort Golit

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