YUMA, Ariz. – Facebook has confirmed a test flight of the Aquila, an internet delivery drone, was conducted at Yuma Proving Ground in June. In a video released Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, can be seen with a crew at YPG. The test flight was conducted the morning of June 28. YPG has now also confirmed that Zuckerberg was at the testing site that day.
Facebook had announced it plans to use the solar-powered plane to provide internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time.
It will provide internet by using a linked network of several drones.
June’s test flight followed two years of engineering. According to Facebook, no solar plane has flown continuously for more than two weeks. The first flight lasted 96 minutes.
It was rumored that Aquila was being tested in Yuma and that Mark Zuckerberg was in town on June 28, but Facebook and YPG were not able to confirm any of those details at that time.