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Facebook has not given up using drones to provide Internet services. At first, it has cooperated with Airbus in a rough way to secretly test

according to a report this week, Facebook has been quietly promoting its plan to use high-altitude drones to connect the Internet to communities around the world

according to netzpolitik, this company, which is famous for its social network rather than specializing in solar aircraft, has been cooperating with Airbus to help further promote the aviation giant's Zeph therefore harmless yr UAV project and its own interconnection plan

the German publication said that a document obtained through the freedom of Information Act showed that Facebook worked with Airbus for most of last year

facebook announced in June 2018 that after four years of research and development, it would end its work on Aquila Internet UAV, and the cooperation between the two companies seems to have increased

the document shows that using Facebook payloads, zephyr test flights are scheduled to take place in Australia in October and November 2018, but there is no news about whether they have occurred

in addition, Facebook and Airbus held a meeting with European regulators in April 2018 to discuss the idea of using zephyr drones to provide Internet connectivity to the community

Airbus has been developing two versions of high-altitude UAVs, and Facebook is reportedly keen to use zephyr s. Zephyr s has a wingspan of 25 meters (almost half of Aquila) and weighs less than 75 kg. In the first unmanned flight in the summer of 2018, zephyr s stayed in the air for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes after taking off from Arizona. The temperature rise of the former was much lower than that of the latter, setting a new record for the longest continuous flight time

in a statement from netzpolitik, Facebook said it would continue to cooperate with its partners in the connection of high altitude platform systems (HAPS), but declined to elaborate. Airbus has not commented

when Facebook announced to abandon Aquila in 2018, it said that part of the reason behind its decision was that many aerospace companies, including Airbus, were already developing high-altitude aircraft with similar goals

however, the continuous design challenges also determine the fate of Aquila. Facebook plans to deploy a drone fleet at high altitude for up to 90 days and provide billions of gigabits of bandwidth to the community, which is the biggest setback at the end of the test flight in 2016, when wind conditions caused the drone to crash during the landing attempt. Soon after, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listed a number of engineering challenges facing the Aquila design team

it may take some time before zepyhr becomes part of Facebook's sometimes criticized Internet plan, but the company has developed a series of other technologies to help billions of people around the world who cannot access the Internet, and has provided connections to more than 100million people

a document last year showed that Facebook and Airbus were jointly lobbying the European Commission in Brussels on the drone issue

in April 2018, Facebook and Airbus held a high-level meeting with an official of the European Commission. At the request of the lobbying group corporate Europe Observatory, a document was issued under the freedom of Information Act. It was learned that representatives of Facebook and Airbus met with Matthew Baldwin, director general of us transportation and mobility

the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the progress of the zepyhr project and see how it is covered by the global (EU) regulatory framework. This email sent to several European Commission officials wrote. In response, a spokesman for the European Commission said that such a high-level meeting had not been held since then, but in order to track technological development, the two sides had regular exchanges

margarida Silva, a researcher at the corporate Europe Observatory, said: the two companies have the strongest lobbying power in Brussels. Their cooperation may involve aspects from data protection to military monitoring, so the following upper and lower deviations can be selected. According to the European transparency register, Facebook spent at least 22.5 million euros on lobbying activities in Brussels in 2017, and Airbus spent at least 15 million euros. Silva said that no matter what the common goals of Airbus and Facebook are, they and the European Commission should be transparent about this process. The public should know what they are lobbying for

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