While Google halted its Titan UAV project, but social networking Facebook plans to increase the density of its UAV Aquila test flight.
Jay Parikh, head of Facebook's engineering department, said Monday that the company's UAVA Aquila will fly several times a month at the World Mobile Communications Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Parik said the R & D team received a lot of information from the flight of various data, the overall system performance better than expected, test work will become more and more normal.
Facebook's high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles Aquila's wingspan is wider than the Boeing 737, its power is dependent on four power engines, and in June last year, the first test flight. However, the National Transportation Safety Board (US National Transportation Safety Board) said in November last year, Aquila encountered a structural failure in the landing.
Aquila's huge wings cover solar panels, and this design ensures that it is long enough to stay in the air.
Facebook CEO Mark & middot; Mark Zuckerberg has been envisioning a new way to connect the global population to the Internet because of the limited infrastructure on the ground, turning to the network.
Google parent company Alphabet research laboratory in January said it had stopped the Titan project earlier in 2016. In 2014, Google defeated Facebook, the successful acquisition of Titan Aerospace. Which forced Facebook to turn to the acquisition of British company Aquila, which was being developed to solar-powered aircraft products. However, Google another project through a high-altitude hot air balloon to provide network connectivity Project Loon is still continuing.
Parque said Aqulia is still in its infancy. Aqulia's aircraft design is mainly in a remote farm in southwestern England, and its software research and development in Menlo Park, California, but the test work or stay in Arizona. Parik said Facebook is also evaluating other test sites.