Facebook launches Aquila solar-powered drone for internet access | The Guardian
“Facebook has revealed its first full-scale drone, which it plans to use to provide internet access in remote parts of the world. Code-named ‘Aquila’, the solar-powered drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam data to a base station on the ground.”
John Payne’s insight:
Operating between 60,000 and 90,000 feet, Facebook’s drone will follow a flight path much like that of the submersible robots that glide between shallow and deep water by altering their buoyancy, but do it in the air, above the altitudes used by commercial airliners, and on a daily cycle driven by the availability of sunlight for power.