In a previous article, we talked about the massive drone Aquila. The Aquila was an endeavor backed by the social media giant Facebook. Its goal is relatively simple, to create a drone that can fly for months without landing. Using solar panels located at the wings of this massive drone, in theory, it could use sunlight to power itself. Of course, that is just its flight capabilities. Its use, according to Facebook, is to provide internet access to its surrounding areas.
The Aquila will fly over different cities, providing those near its vicinity with free internet. Of course, Facebook planned multiple Aquila drones flying all over the world. However, Aquila’s time may not be as hopeful as it once was.
Hawk 30 Project
The good news however, is that similar projects are on the way. SoftBank for example has their Hawk 30 drone, which has the same goal as Aquila. Using solar panels, it hopes to provide areas with 5G connectivity. The design is also a bit similar. It consists of a curved wing design armed with up to 10 electric engines to power its flight. It can reach heights of 20 kilometers in the air, while being able to reach far distances with its solar input. In theory, if the Hawk 30 goes full operational, one drone can create 1,800 cell towers worth of connectivity.
A Look into the Future
However, of course, the Hawk 30 is not yet complete. Tests are still underway, and it may take a few more years before you can see one in action. Never forget, however, that projects like the Hawk 30 come and go. Take a look at Aquila for example. Whether it is because of funding problems, not meeting goals, or anything else. Reasons always pop up on why a certain project ends without showing a final product.