Facebook's Solar Powered Drone Has Successful Test Flight: Potential Internet Access To Billions

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Four billion people on the earth have no internet access. That will change if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s solar powered drone plan works.

A previous trial of his drone ended with a crash landing, but a May 2017 Test of the Aquila Drone was a huge success.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s long-term plan for the drone, called Aquila, is to have it and others provide internet access to 4bn people around the world who are currently in the dark.


“When Aquila is ready, it will be a fleet of solar-powered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world,” he wrote on Facebook.


The drone flew with more sensors, new spoilers and a horizontal propeller stopping system to help it better land after the crash in December. It was in the air for an hour and 46 minutes and reached 3,000ft.


The drone weighs about 1,000lbs and has a longer wingspan than a Boeing 747. It runs mostly on autopilot but there are manned ground crews to manage certain maneuvers.

Aquila Drone Video

If this is a success, and I expect it to be, it will not only bring free or extremely cheap internet access to the world, but also free or extremely cheap phone service.

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ReZn8r's picture

He will need his own private air force to protect his chickenshit cocksuking idea.

Cruel Joke's picture


Any large drone deserves to be taken down, this one especially. Expect to see new ventilation holes everywhere Zuckerface!

rrrr's picture

What he should advertise to them is condoms.

just the tip's picture

his father should have.

Atomizer's picture

C'mon, be a man. His mother should of swallowed. Correction for you. LOL. 

ilovetexas's picture

Why not attach a helium "balloon" to it so it can float longer and safer? Such a huge wingspan and so much energy spent on lifting!

Vimes's picture

Perhaps it has to do with surveillance? I have not looked into it too much but that would be a great "added bonus ". Big balloons don't steer very well or too fast.

zippedydoodah's picture

Ssshhhhh, that's Google's idea....

and this drone is lifted/launched by helium balloon. It's designed to stay airborne for months.

Atomizer's picture

Wind shear will snap that paper airplane like a twig. Zuckerberg, I don't care if you used 7075-T6 aluminum and carbon fibered the fucking wings. One good gust of wind will take it down into a spiraling nose dive. 

silverer's picture

What you just described is a boomerang. Sort of looks like one too, doesn't it?

zippedydoodah's picture

Jeeze, you Americans are so fucking dumb. They must have no idea what wind shear is and totally overlooked it. It's meant to cruise at 60000 feet and the that wing IS made of composites.

Perhaps they will pay you as a consultant because you are clearly more clued up than they are.

creeko's picture

Don't we use satellites for this kind of thing nowadays?  Is this some stupid joke?

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

That begs the question... If satellites are real, why is Suck spending billions on Hot Air Balloons and drones that can fly for only less that 2 hours?

tmosley's picture

>Solar powered drone

>Can only fly for two hours

Were you born this stupid, or did you have to work at it?

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Can you read the real life test results? First time it crashed... Second time it flew for 1hr and 46mins. See, even with the Internet, you're still a fucking idiot.

Lumberjack's picture

Classic fail upwards. And make millions doing it too!!!Don't tell the spammer that only makes $7k a month!

Oh wait....

I make billions every month by coming up with shitty ideas and having taxpayers foot the bill. What's even better is that as long as I give liberal congress members a decent 'donation' the action perpetuates itself and I get richer by the minute. It's called the Lumberjack perpetual money machine (tm). All you need to do to get started is go here:


zippedydoodah's picture

You have failed to notice the progression. 

First flight was 96 minutes, Three times longer than expected. It "crashed" when it landed.

Second flight was 106 minutes and it did NOT crash on landing.

It was only tested at 3000 feet, as intended, it is designed to fly at 60000 feet eventually.

Do you think NASA made a perfect modern space rocket on day one?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Both. He is still working on the stupid and in 10 yrs he will graduate to aircraft are holograms to fool the people. Cars have horses under the hood to provide motive power. Smart phones are demonic esp powered. The troll possibilities never end.

Conax's picture

The same 4 billion without internet access also think the internet is something used to catch fish.

Lost in translation's picture

Coming up next:

Facebook offers new service performing root canals, doing crowns, and other dental work. You'll be able to access your fb account through your silver amalgam filling.

Bai Suzhen's picture

Will this make it easier for Zuck's Net Police to delete comments that Euro politicians and SJWs don't like?

Schmuck Raker's picture

A billion Indians just want toilets. But, way to go Facebook.

PrivetHedge's picture

Will people be able to tell the difference?

At least one is honest.

Scuba Steve's picture

Combo package = The FacebookFecalFingersFone


"For you herders out of Africa that have to pop a squat in the bush but need to selfie while doing it"

dogismycopilot's picture

Population is the greatest threat humanity faces.

The Georgia Guidestones are right.

About 500 million is where we need to be. 

silverer's picture

You dumb ass. Dog never said the solution was to kill anybody. That's done by the people you vote for.

numapepi's picture

ala Georgia Guiide stones.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

500 million is way too many. I say more like 500,000. 

Peak Finance's picture

Dumb fucking idea.

The 4 billion who don't have internet access don't havwe it for a reason, they are savages and have no money.

What exactly is the ROI of spending BILLIONS on stupid airplanes, that I highly doubt will work, to bring internet access to savages with no money??? 

chubbar's picture

So Zuck fuck can show them what they are missing when they tune in while taking a dump on a street corner and watch him party like a rock star on his 200' yacht, why else would he be doing this? What moronic agency would pay for ads to be streamed to a billion people without two pennies to rub together?

silverer's picture

The US was supplying very inexpensive laptops with Linux Ubuntu, which were powered by a solar panel in areas where they could access service from satellite. The villagers would gather around and see how "wonderful" the western world was. And now, exposed to promises of a modern, better life, they can be totally corrupted, as they would lose their natural acumen and skills of survival in their local environment, a sustainable condition they enjoyed for generations and that would take them indefinitely forward. Yes, the good 'ol USA and Mark Z. will put an end to that. Soon they will be able to answer the question "What's in your wallet?"

Hey peaceful, tribal people. You who have minded your own business for thousands of years. Meet your new leader:


oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Oh what could possibly go wrong? Lol.  

Dre4dwolf's picture

solar blimps make a lot more sense, less mechanical stress and fail points.

sats in space make even more sense because , well they sit there in orbit for decades.

Also.... selling internet service to third world people in the jungle with no money and spending billions on research to doit?

lol whoever hasnt sold their shares in facebook yet just got a huge reason to.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

He already tried hot air balloons and they failed miserably.

Sid Davis's picture

About one quarter of the earth's human population doesn't even have electricity. I sure hope Mr. Turdburg comes up with batteries for cell phones, tablets, and computers that can hold an infinite charge, because it is going to be a bitch to use these devices without electricity to recharge batteries that only last for a few days.

I presume he is going to provide all this free, because at the income level of this segment of the world population, who will be able to buy the equipment or pay to monthly service fee. Forrest Gump hit the nail on the head with his description, "Stupid is as stupid does."

mendigo's picture

I think it was called a satellite. Solar powered. Stays aloft. What an iridiot.

More interesting is: Bitcoin on the move today. Tobagan ride from hell. Too much excitement. I am hedging (my small investment) with physical.

I am seeing interedting point raised that bitcoin is old technology and has inherent limitations relative to newer coins. I not bitcoin is being supported by asics which seems who limit its ability to evolve as needed. Seems bitcoin trying to do udate to resolve performance issues is seeing resistance from stake holders. Can someone provide support or counterpoint to this view?

KoRnFeD's picture

I'll bet those 4 billion people without access have no phone or computer either. Better get on that Zuck. 

Guderian's picture

I cannot bear so-called hi-tech corp making insane promises and ppl happily falling for every single one of them.

My 16 yo son held a speech in school last week on the realism of turning Germany into an electric automobile nation. The idiots of the GREEN party put that on their agenda for 2030!

Bottom line: Germany would need to produce more energy, than the rest of this ddomed planet combined, to power the number of cars of today on the miles of today.

And now this! Look at this joke! This paper eagle can surely survive only in very special conditions and heights/winds/temps etc. But for how long? How stable?

And my bottom line question is: How much payload can this kite carry vs the payload necessary to provide stable, large-area internet to the surface?


A. Boaty's picture

Lots of EVs charging at night smooths out the day/night demand cycle, allowing power plants to run more efficiently as they do not have to power down at night and ramp up during the day.

Berspankme's picture

Keep believing that Elon

Guderian's picture

'smooth out' your logic thinking, before you post, buddy.

Even my son's class mates got the message: Germy afuckinglone would require more than the energy supply of the entire PLANET!

Now count in CaliSJWornia, Japan, France, UK and Sweden (just to mention a few more GREEN infested former nations) and you should get the picture.

We would have to suck the sun dark, if we were to realise all your GREEN stupidity!

A. Boaty's picture

Germany can get more than half its electricity from photovoltaics on days with good insolation. Countries with more access to renewables have an economic advantage.

A. Boaty's picture

Germany can get more than half its electricity from photovoltaics on days with good insolation. Countries with more access to renewables have an economic advantage.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Wrong, if all the EV's charge at night, the night would become the new high demand time and the entire cycle would meltdown.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

With internet access, those four billion people

will have access to porn, conspiratorial weirdness,

cute kittens, and suffer from relative deprivation.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Who cares? It's all about data collection...