The company just announced that it will kill its Aquila program, an effort to build a high-altitude platform station system.it's not going to design and manufacture its own aircraft anymore and is closing the relevant facility in the British town of Bridgwater.
"Given these developments, we've decided not to design or build our own aircraft any longer".
Nevertheless, Facebook is continuing with other connectivity initiatives, such as its Terragraph Project, which aims to replace fibre broadband in urban areas with high-speed wireless interconnected nodes. The company said it is still working with Airbus on HAPS technologies that control computers and high-density batteries.
The solar-powered Aquila had the wingspan of a Boeing 737.
Aquila was originally created as part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative, which Facebook said earlier this year had connected about 100 million people to the Internet. The drone's main goal was to provide internet access in remote areas through a "High Altitude Platform Station", an aircraft with multiple transmitters which enable users based in remote areas to access the internet.
The team attempted to land the craft on a new kevlar-based pad in a second flight in 2017, though it still sustained significant damage.
In testing the drone managed 90 minutes in the air, but ultimately paled in comparison to technology developed by rival Silicon Valley firms. Since the program was relatively low-priced for a company Facebook's size, the tests must have been a catastrophe.
Facebook also said it was working with Airbus on HAPSs in November a year ago. Additionally, according to their statement, "On the policy front, we'll be working on a proposal for 2019 World Radio Conference to get more spectrum for HAPS [High altitude platform stations], and we'll be actively participating in a number of aviation advisory boards and rule-making committees in the USA and internationally".
Lower courts had blocked the travel ban, the third version of a policy Trump first pursued a week after taking office a year ago . When CNN asked in February 2017 if the executive order is an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. , 55% said it was.
Barcelona's Yerry Mina's goal in the 74th minute was the difference as the South American finished top of the group. It's the first time since 1982 that no African team has advanced from the first round at the World Cup .
For many living in the area, responding to wildfires has become a devastating part of everyday life, Strassmann reports. Road closures from the fire include New Long Valley Road at Highway 20 and Old Long Valley Road at Highway 20.
Nita Ambani looked gorgeous in a red saree by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla that was draped in the traditional Gujarati style. She wore two attractive ensembles for the event - one by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla and the other by Sabyasachi.
While the summit had the nations' heavy hitters on hand, both Belgium and England played their B-team at the World Cup. Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 while Japan fell to a 1-0 defeat to Poland in a game that endedin farcical circumstances.
Belgium topped the group with nine points after their 1-0 win over England, who finished second with six points. We are the youngest team with most difficulties. "You shouldn't call us the worst team".
Ah, I just love the World Cup, don't you? Swept up in the moment, the Belgium player kicked the ball in celebration. However, while Januzaj's curling goal was perfection, teammate Michy Batshuayi's celebration was rather less so.
Flight Centre NZ general manager retail, Sue Matson, said Kiwis should not just assume their flights have been cancelled. In a later tweet, the airport advised people to "stay updated for every information from our official account".
Haley said the U.S. supports India's membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group as it is a nuclear state which is widely respected. But Trump's moves to protect U.S. trade interests was also creating unusual bedfellows in Asia.