Facebook’s testing autonomous, solar-powered aircraft capable of beaming Internet down to earth from the stratosphere. They haven’t yet entered the testing phase, but Facebook expects them to deliver downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps. The post Facebook’s Aquila is a solar-powered drone that beams Internet down to earth appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

On this week’s podcast, we talk about the ups and downs of Windows 10, a car cloaked in special Luminor paint that lights up when your heart beats, Amazon’s latest drone plans, and yes, Samsung’s effort to build a drone that takes selfies. The post Trends with Benefits: Windows 10, heartbeat paint and selfie drones appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

A prototype of Aquila is ready for full-scale testing, and Facebook’s engineers are working on new state-of-the-art data links for it. Video provided by Newsy         View original article at USA Today

Mark Zuckerberg has come one step closer to his goal to bring internet access to everyone on the planet with the construction of an unmanned connected aircraft, or drone, that Facebook will test over the coming months.He announced on his Facebook page Thursday evening the company has completed construction of Aquila, the first full scale aircraft that will beam down internet connection as it soars at 60,000 feet, above commercial flights. The drone can fly for up to three months at a time and will connect remote areas…

Facebook gave its solar-paneled Internet.org drone a name: Aquila. View original article at Wall Street Journal

The dream of consumer drones may be one step closer to reality, as Facebook announces that its unmanned aerial vehicle is ready for in-flight tests. Original article at nytimes.com

A US man has shot down a drone which was hovering over his back garden. View original article at BBC World News

California is really annoyed with whoever manned the drones that impinged upon San Bernardino firefighters’ firefighting efforts, so much so that they’re willing to pay $75,000 for information The post WANTED: firefighter-interrupting drone operators appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Perhaps becoming a trend after a New Jersey man shot down a drone last year, a homeowner in Kentucky decided to blast away at a drone hovering over his property due to a perceived violation of his privacy. The post Kentucky man arrested after shooting down $1,800 drone with shotgun appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

As part of Facebook’s ongoing Internet.org initiative to bring the Internet to locations that have never had connectivity before, the social media giant released footage of its completed Aquila drone on Friday, which aims to beam down Internet to locations that can’t normally receive it. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post made on Facebook, Aquila is an unmanned solar powered plane with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, with the weight of a car and the ability to be airborne for months. The drone uses newly developed…