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".
Shockingly, Boeing admits their newest design could travel even faster, but suggested there was no need to test the limits. Boeing has revealed a conceptual sketch for a hypersonic passenger plane capable of traveling at speeds of up to Mach 5.
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.
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".
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 .
Hundreds of commuters and vehicles are trapped on the Michael Otedola Bridge in Lagos as a petrol laden tanker went up in flames. The president expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos on the tragedy.
Prior to naming him, authorities said the gunman entered the building in a targeted attack and "looked for his victims". Officials said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the scene.
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.
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.
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.
The Council also said at least one gas supply company has had technical difficulties that had restricted production further. It has restricted sales of beer to ten cases (and five for cider) to restaurants, bars and other companies it supplies.