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All you need to know about Facebook's Aquila

On July 30/2015, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the news about solar powered aircraft Aquila that will provide internet to remote ares through beam. On June 28th, Aquila completed the first successful flight and break the record for longest unmanned aircraft flight.

Mark said that, their original plan to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but things went so well that they decided to keep the plane up for 96 minutes. But, company's goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers.

Here are few things about Aquila  : 

By size Aquila is wider than a Boeing 737, but the weighs is less than 1,000 pounds.
It collect enough energy from sun. Aquila is using about 5,000W of power at cruising altitude.
Takeoff and landing are automatic, since no human pilot can land in a precise location as well as software can.
And the speed of Aquila is 80 mph.
Aquila will carry a communications payload that will use lasers to transfer data more than 10 times faster than existing systems.

Over the next year company is going to keep testing Aquila - flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. 

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