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Facebook Launches Solar-powered Drone for Internet Access

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Facebook has just revealed its latest weapon to bring internet access to remote parts of the world with Aquila, the social media platform's first full-scale drone. Powered by solar and designed by the company's UK team, the drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time and will use a laser to send data to a base station on the ground. The end-goal is utilize a linked network of drones to provide internet to the about 10% of the world without service either to solely provide access or to partner with local ISPs to broaden connectivity. Aquila, which packs a wingspan of a Boeing 737, plans to fly above commercial airliners and even the weather at 60,000ft or more, will continue to be tested the rest of the year.