Completed its second test flight and didn't crash

  •   Ricky
  •   June 30, 2017
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completed its second test flight and didn't crash

Facebook's second drone flight was more successful than its first.

Facebook has completed its second test flight for its solar-powered, internet-beaming drone called Aquila, the company announced on Thursday.

The flight was conducted on May 22 in Yuma, Arizona and lasted for one hour and 46 minutes. Facebook said that the drone "landed perfectly on our prepared landing site."

An earlier version of Aquila was "substantially damaged" in a crash during its first test flight over Arizona last year, according to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

To avoid another crash, Facebook tweaked the design of Aquila by adding wing spoilers, a smoother exterior, and a "horizontal propeller stopping mechanism." The second version of the drone also includes hundreds of sensors to record details about flight performance.

Facebook's second drone flight was more successful than its first