"The plane flew as high as 3,000 feet, up from the 2,150 feet it did a year ago. Eventually, Facebook hopes Aquila will fly between 60,000 and 90,000 feet in the air for months at a time in order to beam wireless internet down to rural areas of the world where that are currently off the grid.Facebook’s internet-beaming drone completed its second test flight and landed ‘perfectly’ - Recode
Why is Facebook doing this? Because it’s impossible to accomplish its mission, which is to connect everyone in the world, without everyone first being on the internet. Facebook announced this week that it now has two billion total users. Getting to three billion will likely require improvements to wireless infrastructure, so Facebook is hoping to speed things along.
But this will still take some time. Facebook first announced the drone almost two years ago and just completed its second test flight at about 5 percent of the minimum elevation it hopes to achieve."
Friday, June 30, 2017
Facebook’s internet-beaming drone completed its second test flight and landed ‘perfectly’ - Recode
For more details, see Aquila's successful second flight: Another step forward in bringing the world closer together (Facebook Code blog)