Aquila Test Flight Carries Facebook’s Internet Ambitions Aloft

Facebook has carried out the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a high-altitude solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed to provide Internet access to remote regions. The company had flown a one-fifth scale version of the airplane for several months. The full-sized craft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 — 46 yards — but reportedly weighs less than 900 pounds fully laden.

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