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Facebook is reportedly testing solar-powered internet drones again — this time with Airbus

Facebook is reportedly testing solar-powered internet drones again — this time with Airbus | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook last year grounded its ambitious plan to develop a solar-powered drone to beam internet across the world, but the company isn’t done with the concept, it seems. The social media giant is working with aeronautics giant Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to a new report from Germany’s NetzPolitik.

Using a request under Australia’s Freedom of Information Act, NetzPolitik got hold of a document that shows the two companies spent last year in talks over a collaboration with test flights scheduled for November and December 2018. The duo have collaborated before on communication systems for satellite drones.

 

Those trials — and it isn’t clear if they took place — involved the use of Airbus’ Zephyr drone, a model that is designed for “defence, humanitarian and environmental missions.” The Zephyr is much like Facebook’s now-deceased Aquila drone blueprint; it is a HAPS — “High Altitude Pseudo Satellite” — that uses solar power and can fly for “months.”

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Looks like Facebook favored the Model S over the Model T (even if these are not cars) #OopsIDidItAgain

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Un Fablab de drones ?

Un Fablab de drones ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Lorsqu'on lui a parlé pour la première fois du FlyLab, Gilles Babinet avoue avoir au début été plutôt sceptique : comment un fablab, aussi sophistiqué qu’il fût, pouvait parvenir à créer des produits d’aussi haute technologie que des drones, principalement à usage professionnel ?

 

C’est pourtant le challenge que relève brillamment Hakim Amrani Montanelli et son FlyLab.

 

En s’appuyant sur un ensemble de technologies open source et open hardware, il peut fabriquer toutes les parties d’un drone, et en abaisse drastiquement le prix, parfois d’un facteur 20.

 

L’ensemble des éléments logiciels sont évidemment libres, le micro-contrôleur est basé sur une plateforme Arduino - opensource -, tandis que la structure principale est réalisée en impression 3D.

Même des pièces de haute technologie, comme l’étage haute fréquence, les moteurs électriques et les antennes HF peuvent être fabriqués par le Flylab. Pour l’instant, seules les hélices - qui sont injectées à haute pression pour disposer de la précision suffisante - sont produites à l’extérieur du FlyLab.

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Présentation du #FlyLab par Gilles Babinet. Il est vrai que le savoir faire d'Hakim Amrani Montanelli et le support d'Emmanuelle Skyvington sont impressionnants. Décidément la French Tech vole !

Pierre-Alain Muller's curator insight, April 7, 2014 9:56 AM

Et si on généralisait cette idée ? Qu'est-ce qu'on ne peut pas fabriquer dans un Fablab ?

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Aquila's First Flight

The internet provides information, opportunity and human connection, yet less than half the world has access. We’re proud to announce the successful first test flight of Aquila, the solar airplane we designed to bring internet access to people living in remote locations. This innovative plane has the wingspan of an airliner but weighs less than a small car and flies on roughly the power of three blow dryers

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Solar Impulse, meet AI. Facebook's Aquila looks extremely promising and progressing quite fast. Besides, it confirms how serious its Building 8 Division is about leveraging and reinventing hardware to close the loop with software and services.

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The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World

The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. 

The idea is that Facebook could use the drones to bring Internet access to parts of the world that still need it, as part of Mark Zuckerberg's goal to bring the web to the entire world, through the Internet.org initiative.

It's similar to Google's plan to use balloons to beam Internet access to countries that don't have the infrastructure for broadband Internet. And it behooves both companies to get as many new people online as possible using their services instead of a potential rival's.

So what do we know about these drones?

The drones are covered in solar panels, which store enough energy to lift the craft 20 kilometers above sea level. The drones can stay aloft for five years before having to land or refuel.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Drones are balloning now. Interesting questions ahead for the FAA and other regulators: who is in charge of avoiding collision routes 20 km above sea level?

Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:07 AM

Il va y avoir du monde sur le FL600. Quel sera le contrôle aérien ?

Herminia ALEMANY PEREZ's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:00 PM

FACEBOOK  le drone solaire et Internet pour tous,  une solution alternative au super ballon de GOOGLE