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

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.


HillaryOdor CuttingEdge Mon, 07/03/2017 - 09:18 Permalink

Just imagine the targeted ads:"Come to America (but not the gated communities).  We have free healthcare, free housing, free food, free white women.  We are so rich from exploiting you poor innocent Africans.  Come one.  Come all.  Come get your reparations.The boat will meet you off the coast of Liberia.  5 miles out we will send a distress call and SJWs in the US Coast Guard will come out on a rescue mission."

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Erek playit (not verified) Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:02 Permalink

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If someone smacked the stupid out of you, there would be nothing left.

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PrayingMantis Erek Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

... no surprise here, the (((Mark))) of the beast even declares facebook a "religion" ...
>>> ... " ... Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last week in Chicago at the first Facebook Communities Summit that the two [facebook and religious church] are similar in the way they create community and bring people together."

... >>> http://religionnews.com/2017/06/28/how-facebook-is-like-church-accordin…

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Dabooda PrayingMantis Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:37 Permalink

Instead of reading Religionnews.com, read Zuckerberg's actual speech, here:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/bringing-the-world-close….    He does NOT say Facebook is a church, only that it has a few qualities in common with them.  He says the same thing about the military -- you figure we ought to worry about the dreaded Facebook War Machine?   Grow another IQ point before the other one dies of loneliness.

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PUNCHY yomutti2 Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:45 Permalink

The place would be far better off without Zucker as well.As to the 4 billion figure make it 6 and then maybe I'm interested, and I don't mean with regards to the internet thingy, I mean WITHOUT THEM, as IN poof, gone, vamoosed, deleted with extreme prejudice. Geddit?I'm not in Germany am I? Could there be a 3am knock on the door from the Zuck cops?

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virgule yomutti2 Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:35 Permalink

Actually,  it's more striking than that.  Probably half of those 4B don't have access to stable electricity or even  running water, and most likely don't have any use for anything remotely close to a computer.It will be cool though, to be friends on facebook with sahara bedouins, mogolian uighurs, PNG head-hunters, savanah bush hunters or iceland eskimos.

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83_vf_1100_c yomutti2 Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:48 Permalink

  4 billion more 3rd world monkeys running 'I make $7k a month at home on my free internet' posts and Nigerian email scams. Yep, great idea.  Is FB gonna buy them laptops and smartphones?  I can hardly wait til I get my first likes from Congo-ites. Congoleans, sounds like that brand of vinyl floor covering popular in 70s kitchens. I see money to be made, riceforless app that tracks rice vendors and live pricing in your area of the jungle/desert. Scales easily to AKs, 7.62 rds, used Toyota pickups, etc. New website, CongoBrides4U.com. Start up a new ether currency, Congo Coin. Money to be made. I'd throw in a sarc tag but it will likely happen. Billions of new gullible muppets to be fleeced.

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Scuba Steve 83_vf_1100_c Mon, 07/03/2017 - 14:22 Permalink

And the Central Bank of Africa to the rescue for financing ....Dealer: "Hey Dikembe, you need a pimped out Chevy 4x4 to herd those starving cattle across the Serengheti, step on up fella ... No job, No credit, No Rhino tusks to trade, no problem. We will get you into that vehicle, you'll be the talk of the tribe during circle jerk circumcizions and vagina piercings.Dikembe: "But wot aboot gas?"Dealer: "First tank is on us, after that you are on your own"Dikembe: "ok, lets do it ... where do I make my scratch with the lion's tooth?" 

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MEFOBILLS buttmint Mon, 07/03/2017 - 16:43 Permalink

This is basically iridium, but with lower satellites (the airplane).   Some sort of device to focus the 1/2 watt of cell phone energy upward would be likely required.  Iridium died because the phones were always too big, and they had a huge antenna that had to be unfolded.  Iridium was non-competitive with cell phone towers, as the towers close proximity to phones allowed said phones to be miniaturized.Africa is to have 4 Billion Negroids by 2100.  That is a negro-apocalypse, and they will swarm out of africa coordinated by ((zukerberg)).http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/08/13/340091377/unicef-re… A cell phone has a maximum output power of about 1 Watt [W]. In actual operation, the peak output power is less than 0.5 Watts. [Technicality: Some people will quote 1-2 W for peak output power. However, this is for signals that are not transmitted more than they are transmitting. Taking the average over a brief period, say 250 milliseconds, the peak output power is less than 0.5 W.] Now, suppose this antenna is right up against your head. The antenna is radiating, but less than half the power will be directed at your head - most radiates in all directions away. In addition, theantenna efficiency will be 50% for a good antenna that is held directly up against a head (the head actually detunes the antenna and makes it less efficient). Hence, of the 0.5 W of output power the phone transmits, there is a loss of at least 50% for the antenna efficiency, and at least 50% for the radiation that is not directed to your head. Hence, we can safely take 0.125 W (=0.5*0.5*0.5) as an upper bound for the power absorbed by your head.

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83_vf_1100_c Dormouse Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

Take a drive out in the boonies where there is not a line of sight cell tower for 40 miles and explain how your GPS knows where you are. Go out on a dark night with some binocs and wonder what all those shiny objects are as they move quickly across the flat sky. Or, are you just part of some weird new flat earther anti tech movement? A troll? Just that fucking stupid?

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