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Facebook Solar UAV Aquila Accidentally Landed

Author: Source: Datetime: 2017-01-04 14:52:15
This year in June, Facebook's solar UAV Aquila first test flight. Aquila is a huge body with a wingspan over the Boeing 737. Aquila flew over the Arizona desert for more than 90 minutes, but accidentally landed.

Prior to the Aquila UAV flight test, Facebook had worked for two years. Facebook hopes to use UAVs for the lack of lack of stable Internet signal to provide network services in backward areas.
Facebook Solar UAV Aquila Accidentally Landed
"The aircraft was badly damaged," the National Transportation Safety Board said in a Friday report.

The failure of Aquila's landing could have been due to strong winds. Aquila was blown out of the waterway before it landed, causing the autopilot controller to lower the aircraft's front and accelerate as the plane landed.

The rapid landing of the right wing seriously damaged, but no injuries, the ground is also no damage.

July this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post, the company had planned to Aquila flight 30 minutes, but with the flight smoothly, the engineers decided to make the aircraft more than twice the time of flight , A total of 96 minutes. Aquila took off in the early morning sun.

During an extra hour's flight, the air temperature gradually increases. Responsible for Facebook Connectivity Lab Yael Maguire in an interview with TechCrunch said that in the last four seconds of flight, his team noticed the air warming and unexpected strong winds.

After the plane crashed, Facebook immediately reported to the US National Transportation Safety Board that the landing failed, but the company was banned from publishing detailed information about the plane crash until the regulatory body completed the report writing.

Facebook said the company is developing an upgraded version of the Aquila UAV, the new Aquila will have a new braking system to make the aircraft landing more smoothly.

Facebook's goal is to make the Aquila UAVs available for 60 to 90 days in a row, as it is solar powered portable generator and does not require refueling.
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