Facebook has announced a major milestone in its work to connect the 1.6 billion people with no access to mobile broadband networks. Facebook has completed the first successful test flight of Aquila – the high-altitude, long-endurance solar plane that will one day beam internet to parts of the world that are not yet connected.
Facebook is already used by over a billion people on Earth – more than any other social network on the planet.
But the company has ambitious plans to expand the availability of the internet through a series of autonomous drones circling high up in the sky.
The flight, which has just been confirmed by Facebook, took place on 28 June at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) in Yuma, Arizona.
The solar-powered aircraft is designed to beam internet access to hundreds of millions of people in hard-to-reach areas around the globe.
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