Facebook’s dream of connecting the entire world will be fulfilled by its internet drone Aquila, which has taken a step forward towards hitting the market by successfully nailing the second test, without breaking anything this time.
The solar-fuelled, unmanned, miniature aircraft named Aquila was first introduced in 2015 and the internet drone which is aimed to provide internet service in the most remote areas called its first test back in June 2016. Aquila successfully flew over the arid Arizona for about 1 hour and 36 minutes, which was actually three times than planned by Facebook. But unfortunately it crashed moments before landing and was left with a broken wing.
Learning from the first unsuccessful flight, Facebook extensively improved the internet-beaming drone which includes addition of ‘spoiler’ to the wings which increased drag and reduced lifts while landing. Aquila flew for 1 hour and 46 minutes, which is about 10 minutes longer than its previous test on May 22, again in the desert near Yuma, Arizona. But more importantly it landed absolutely ‘perfectly’ as per Facebook, which is a major step forward for Aquila. Facebook also said the plane climbed at 180 feet per minute, twice as fast as its first test and it flew at the height of 3,000 feet.
But why the internet drone from Facebook after all? You see, Zuckerberg’s sole dream as he says is to connect the entire world, through his social media platform of course; but that would be impossible unless the entire globe has access to internet, at first place. Hence the internet-beaming drone – Aquila! It will certainly provide internet access to the most remote areas gleaming on the face of Earth, and that is how they work at Facebook – from grassroot levels. Facebook hopes that in near future, eventually, Aquila will be able to fly at a height of 60,000 and 90,000 feet in the air for months at a time to beam wireless internet down to rural areas of the world where that are currently off the grid. But it is surely going to need to time to become a reality.