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AQUILA | MARK ZUCKERBERG's Facebook FLY!

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MARK ZUCKERBERG Says about Facebook AQUILA - On June 28th, we completed the first successful flight of Aquila -- our solar-powered plane that will beam internet to remote parts of the world and eventually break the record for lo Fngest unmanned aircraft flight. The flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona. Our original mission was to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but things went so well that we decided to keep the plane up for 96 minutes. We gathered lots of data about our models and the aircraft structure -- and after two years of development, it was emotional to see Aquila actually get off the ground. But as big as this milestone is, we still have a lot of work to do. Eventually, our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time -- something that's never been done before. To get there, we need to solve some difficult engineering challenges. Over the next year we're going to keep testing Aquila -- flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. It's all part of our mission to connect the world and help more of the 4 billion people who are not online access all the opportunities of the internet. As we make progress, we'll continue sharing what we learn. To learn more, check out this note from our engineers: https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 Thanks for coming along for the ride.