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Facebook Stops Building Giant Internet Drones

Facebook will stop building and designing aircraft for its internet drone project called Aquila, but it will still be involved in other ways.
Posted at 11:32 PM, Jun 27, 2018

Facebook says it will no longer design and build aircraft for its internet drone project called Aquila.

Facebook's original plan was to create drones the size of passenger planes that could fly over remote areas and give people in those areas an internet connection. More specifically, the drones are a vital part of the High Altitude Platform Station, or HAPS, system.

But the social media company says it will now leave the construction of the drones up to aerospace companies like Airbus and instead focus more on other technologies that are needed to make the HAPS system work, like "flight control computers and high-density batteries."