Facebook has been working on a solar-powered plane called Aquila for some time now. Today they unveiled how far they have come during that time.

This is the news of them completing their first test flight of the airplane.

This is the first step to bring internet access to parts of the world where connectivity does not yet exist.

Facebook has designed it to do this using solar power to allow it to fly for long periods of time.

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Facebook explained more with the following:

Today Connectivity Lab announced a big milestone in this work: the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, our high-altitude unmanned aircraft. Aquila is a solar-powered airplane that can be used to bring affordable internet to hundreds of millions of people in the hardest-to-reach places. When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems. Aquila is designed to be hyper efficient, so it can fly for up to three months at a time. The aircraft has the wingspan of an airliner, but at cruising speed it will consume only 5,000 watts — the same amount as three hair dryers, or a high-end microwave.

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Source: Facebook

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