The drone flew with more sensors, new spoilers and a horizontal propeller stopping system to help it better land after the crash in December. It was in the air for an hour and 46 minutes and reached 3,000ft.
The drone flew with an engineering team watching a live stream from a helicopter chasing it, said Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook’s director of aeronautical platforms. The team was thrilled with the outcome, Gomez said.
“The improvements we implemented based on Aquila’s performance during its first test flight made a significant difference in this flight,” he said.
“We successfully gathered a lot of data to help us optimize Aquila’s efficiency,” Zuckerberg said. “No one has ever built an unmanned airplane that will fly for months at a time, so we need to tune every detail to get this right.”
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