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Facebook is now ready to retest the solar-powered Aquila after the failure of the first round. Facebook Vice President of Engineering Jay Parikh said that the systems performed way better than planned.
The plan is to start flying a few times a month. Facebook’s ultimate goal is to use these drones with massive wingspans to bring internet connectivity to areas without regular online access. Think of them as traveling, solar-powered internet hubs.
The social networking giant planned to add a brake or a spoiler after the crash in June, and the company now reportedly understands the importance of flying at a speed optimal for aircraft safety.
Each successive test flight will bring both expected and unexpected technical challenges, and will teach the company more about how to fly this experimental aircraft, said a Facebook official.