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On June 28, the team was able to fly Aquila for 90 minutes. If Aquila able to fly for more than three times the flight, the test flight will be considered a success. This project has been working for two years, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also promised to launch this project in 2016 in his new year's resolution yesterday.
A video released last summer showed an illustration of how Aquila will provide Internet access to remote places. Facebook also said that the speed gained from Aquila will resemble the internet speed fiber-optic network.
Aquila is very large. Has a wing span is the same as the Boeing 737, but despite the large size, the company claims this aircraft only uses the energy equivalent to about three hairdryer. Drone is claimed will not endanger the aircraft and has little chance to be hit by a plane. Drone is able to fly up to a height of 60 to 90 thousand feet, much higher than passenger planes.
"This is an extraordinary moment in my life to stand here and see Aquila take off from the truck and into the sky at dawn," wrote Yael Maguire of Facebook Connectivity Lab one of the team behind Aquila. He then added: "There is still more work ahead."
Jay Parikh, vice president of Facebook's engineering division to answer these sentiments in a post about this project: "To achieve our goals fly unmanned aircraft and provides connectivity up to three months in a row, we should be able to break the record for flying unmanned aircraft powered by solar energy when this is in two weeks. In the coming months, we will explore the data we gathered from this test, run a lot of trials and continue to push the limits of the possible in science and engineering here. "
One of the most important results in the trial is the best act in accordance with the expected simulation. It is important for the purpose of Facebook connectivity: This aircraft is intended to remain in the air for months at a time. Longest flight ever achieved by solar-powered unmanned aircraft is for two weeks, so the company has set itself a huge task.
"Flying Aquila is a big step to bring the Internet and all the opportunities that come with more people," said Mike Schroepfer head office technology of Facebook, in a post. "I am very excited to see what we can do next."
Schroepfer added that "next we will add solar cell, instrumentation and payload, all of which will require engineering and design more innovative."