Facebook has successfully completed the maiden flight of its drone Aquila, which is designed to beam Internet connectivity to remote parts of the globe.
As Wired explains, “Aquila is designed to fly in the stratosphere, climbing above the weather as it delivers signals to rural areas down here on Earth. In some cases, this is cheaper and easier than running landlines across the surface. Once airborne, these drones could beam Internet service to a terrestrial base station, which could then send the signal on to phones and PCs. Or squadrons of Aquilas could broadcast straight to phones without a waystation in the middle.”
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