Facebook Aquila Drone, the tech company’s experimental unmanned aircraft, suffered a structural failure prior to landing. Facebook, like Amazon and other big companies, intends to join the drone bandwagon to provide wider internet services to the world.
The drone with which Facebook hopes to provide internet to much of the world had a structural failure during its first test flight and is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, Bloomberg reported today. Facebook offered few details about the structural failure, which took place as the drone was coming in for a landing. – Read more at:
Bloomberg described the unmanned aircraft as a high-altitude drone with a wingspan wider than a Boeing Co. 737. It is powered by four electric engines. The NTSB said the drone suffered a “structural failure” as it was coming in for a landing. But this description contradicted Facebook’s assessment of the experiment at the time. – Read more at:
Meanwhile, Amazon’s delivery drones are not flying full speed yet, but they are projected to do so in 4 years time.
Regulators have to work out lots of issues before they let drones start delivering packages routinely, but in Britain at least, there’s a timetable. “We’ve got a soft target of 2020,” Michael Clark, deputy director at Britain’s Department for Transport, told GeekWire. And although the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t announced its own timetable, 2020 could well be a soft target for U.S. operations as well. – Read more at:
Back in July, around the same time as of the just aforementioned news, it was also reported that:
More than two years since revealing Prime Air–Amazon’s drone project—the Seattle-based company continues to face constraints in its home country. Last month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tightened rules for personal and commercial drone flights. While the company will continue testing in the US, shifting certain operations to the UK allows Amazon to avoid an FAA restriction requiring drones to stay within the pilot’s line of sight, a major obstacle for commercial delivery. – Read more at:
For now, drone use for providing aerial photography services, capturing great film/video footage, search-and-rescue operations, and for educational purposes are among the most popular.
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