Facebook intends to bring the world together with better Internet connectivity. While other tech giants turned to air balloons to transmit wireless internet, Facebook came up with a completely new design of a spacecraft. The result is Aquila, an Internet drone that has a wingspan of a 737. On the other hand, this beast needs only enough power to operate three hairdryers.
Facebook’s Aquila Is an Internet Drone That Is the Definition of Efficiency
On Thursday, Facebook completed its second test flight with Aquila, the Internet-beaming drone. The success was dented by a small technical issue with its propellers. It suffered some damages right at the end of the test.
Aquila intends to be the epitome of modern craft. Its alloy of carbon-fiber and one of a kind design makes it function at maximum capacity with a minimum of effort. On top of that, it may be as wide as a Boeing 737 airplane, but it is actually lighter than even an electric car. Moving on, the latest Facebook toy works solely on clean energy. By day, it harnesses the potential of solar power. By night, Aquila works on batteries.
The company plans to launch these gadgets for months on end into the atmosphere. The key is to consume as less energy as possible and preserve a standby position. At 60,000, Aquila can hang around with ease thanks to its special aerodynamics shape. When it enters this mode, it can remain operational for only 5,000 Watts of power.
The Prototype Had Some Better Performances than in Its First Test Flight
For the time being, the company still has a lot of work ahead. The Internet drone revealed one weakness right before its landing. Under normal conditions, the autopilot should place all propellers horizontally right before landing. This way, they do not get a scratch by a collision with the ground. However, during the second test, the autopilot locked one propeller only.
Despite these technical difficulties, the aircraft caressed the track and stopped in 10 meters. On top of that, the team received some exciting news. The aircraft scored twice a bigger climb rate than during its first launch. This means that the numerous refinements the aircraft received in the meantime are working.
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