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Facebook has designed and built a high-altitude solar-powered plane. Aquila is part of Facebook’s plan to extend Web access to what it estimates are 1.1 billion to 2.8 billion people without it today.
Aquila will be able to fly for three months without landing. It will project a laser that can transmit data to other aircraft, and a signal that will be received by small towers and dishes on the ground within 50 kilometers. The antennas will then convert the signal into Wi-Fi or 4G networks.
The drone will fly at 60,000 to 90,000 feet during the day, putting it above commercial airplanes and conventional weather patterns. At night, when its batteries aren’t being charged by the sun, Aquila will fly lower to save energy.
This drone was built in scale from diagrams and reference photos. The meshes are moderately dense, which will support very close up views.
The texture mapping for the drone are 4096 x 4096 baked textures that were created in VRay.