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Facebook abandons plans to deliver internet via drones

Facebook has abandoned its plan of developing high-flying drones for delivering internet beams over regions with low connectivity, an initiative under its Aquila which it started in 2014. The company made the announcement in a blog post by Yael Maguire, director of engineering at Facebook. The company is also shutting down its facility in the UK which managed drone design and development and has reportedly laid off 16 employees. Four years ago, Aquila was envisioned as an ambitious project which would launch drones powered by solar energy into the atmosphere. The drones would remain airborne at high altitudes for a few months and provide internet connectivity to remote regions world over. The original plan involved using balloons to lift unmanned drones (with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 aeroplane) to an altitude of 90,000 feet. There, they would fly for…

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