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Facebook readies internet drone's maiden test flight

Facebook says it hopes to carry out the first test flight of a solar-powered drone before the end of the year.

The social network aims to eventually build up a fleet of the aircraft to test the possibility of creating laser beam-enabled networks in the sky to provide internet access to people below.

The aircraft, Aquila 1, is about the width of a Boeing 737 jet but much lighter in weight.

Read more about the project and Google's rival balloon-based scheme.

  • 11 Nov 2015