The Aquila drone, which at cruising speed uses same wattage as three hair dryers, uses lasers to beam internet to remote regions

This article titled “Facebook’s solar-powered internet plane takes flight” was written by Sean Farrell, for The Guardian on Thursday 21st July 2016 18.17 UTC

Facebook has announced the first successful test flight of a high-altitude solar plane to bring internet access to remote parts of the world.

The Aquila drone has the wingspan of an airliner but weighs less than a car. When cruising it consumes just 5,000 watts – the same as three hairdryers or a powerful microwave.

The final adjustments are made to the drone before takeoff. Photograph: Facebook

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