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