Facebook is the end of the Project Aquila, the internet-by-drone service

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a propeller pod of the solar-powered Aquila drone on stage during a keynote at the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California, April 12, 2016. Almost two years later, Facebook has cancelled the project. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

It is difficult to obtain the support of Facebook as a platform recently through the mess has made of the protection of the privacy of people, but the social network does have a couple of projects that everybody wanted to see succeed. One is that of Aquila, but unfortunately, Facebook decided to cancel the project for this week.

Aquila’s purpose was to provide internet access to the estimated four billion people live in areas of the world where the infrastructure is not in place to offer. Facebook’s idea was to make use of a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system in order to fill the hole. What it boiled down to drones with a very long flight times occur if the internet link for those who are on the ground below.


The project requires progress on a number of areas of the technology, with the aircraft is the first problem to solve. If the BBC, the drone Facebook had developed the wingspan of a Boeing 737 during the weighing the same as a typical family car. All of its power, from solar panels mounted on the wings, with batteries that are being used to fly in the night.

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On the first Aquila drone down, but then completed with a successful flight lasting 106 minutes. That was in June last year, and clearly not much progress has been booked on the flight since then (Facebook is aimed at achieving three months of the flight). The project also falls short of what Google older Alphabet has achieved with its Project Loon. With the help of balloons Project Loon the last success was beaming internet access to more than 100,000 users in the hurricane affected Puerto Rico in November of last year.

Facebook decided it is time to pull the plug on Aquila and leave it to others to continue development of internet drones. And it seems like that can happen with Facebook, stating that it has seen, “the leading companies in the aerospace industry is going to invest in this technology … including the design and construction of new high-altitude airplane.”

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