Facebook abandons the quest to build drones to deliver the internet

Source: gate Arab news technical


Announced social platform, Facebook via a blog posted by Yael Maguire, Yael Maguire, Director of engineers at Facebook that the company abandoned the goal of designing and building drones of its own within the company, with the continuation of the project Aquila Aquila , which began four years ago in collaboration with partners of Facebook, which means the termination of a project that aims to build drones that can fly over isolated areas to provide Internet coverage.

Was Mark Zuckerberg has announced in 2015 for the success of the first experiment conducted by his company for its drone, which was to help connect the Internet to remote locations of the world for the benefit directly Internet.org where have the aircraft wing with the background of solar energy, making the aircraft able to fly continuous for several months thanks to the ski solar, and at altitudes of 60 thousand feet or more.

The company is planning for its efforts to build its own drones, they will close the facility to the British project, and instead, go Facebook to focus on working with partners with regard to systems connected to the Internet at high altitudes and on the issues related to securing spectrum will be aviation and the establishment of the rules of the Federal about the operation of these systems.

Wrote Yael Maguire: “with our work on these efforts, it was exciting to see leading companies in the space industry start to invest in this technology too, including the design and construction of new aircraft dedicated to high altitudes and, given these developments, we decided not to design or build our own anymore, and close our facility in bridgwater Bridgwater”, and it is associated with the loss of 16 positions related to the development and maintenance of aircraft.

Started project Aquila Project the Aquila in the city of Bridgewater, Bridgwater, England, where he produced Ascenta, a British firm specializing in unmanned aircraft powered by solar energy, which was acquired by Facebook, a drone with the wings of the aircraft 737.

The aim of this aircraft-supported batteries solar-powered to fly over the airspace of the trade, i.e., at a height of 60 thousand feet or more, where there are no commercial flights and no weather to worry, in order to match within the area for several months at a time send the internet signals to antennas on the ground.

The idea is to provide Internet and social Facebook to the nearly four billion people around the world don’t have access to the internet, but the project has encountered successes and failures, causing failure of the structure at the end of the first flight trial of the aircraft with severe damage to the plane during the landing in the month of June 2016, despite the talk of Facebook for the success of the trip, and a year later completed the flight to its second successfully.

Wrote Maguire, “this project involved a lot of trials and errors, where there were very few companies working in this area when we started project Aquila Aquila in 2014, these companies operate independently from each other, in addition, wasn’t the spectrum only available for these platforms suitable for broadband because of technical and geographical limitations”.

The company continues to work on other initiatives, which are trying through Facebook to help the developing world and the parts distant from the ground to connect to the internet so that they can become Facebook users, such as the wireless network at discounted prices labeled Express Wi-Fi network, which aims to attract people online in emerging markets such as India by providing thousands of hot embossing.

The company had announced in November of last year for its work jointly with the company Airbus AirBus to develop versions of the best of what is known as the home terminal high altitude HAPS and enhance the context of the spectrum of aviation and transportation that can be built in the aircraft for the purpose of accelerating high-speed Internet.

He explained Maguire, that the company will continue to work with AirBus in relation to the plight of HAPS, and other technologies necessary to make this system work, devices such as flight control and batteries high intensity.

It is worth mentioning that, given the size of the large investment required to build a plane like this from scratch, the gap is vast in experience and core competencies between the social network and companies specialized in this field, it is not surprising that the company decides to Facebook to mitigate its losses, where previously this decision to leave the director and chief architect of the project during the past month.

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