Facebook is patenting a high-tech drone that KITES uses to stay in the air for a long time without fuel
- The patent describes a & # 39; dual-kite aerial vehicle & # 39; that requires little fuel to work
- It would be attached to kites that can operate at two different heights simultaneously
- With the flight control system, someone can control their speed and direction
- Facebook previously worked in drones with its now canceled Aquila project
Facebook has patented a high-tech drone that uses a unique device to keep its head above water.
Submit it, entitled & # 39; Double-kite-air vehicle & # 39; describes an unmanned aircraft that is attached to two pilots and can be flown at different heights.
The kites allow the drone to remain in the air for a long time & # 39; while consuming little or no fuel, & quot; the patent said.
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Facebook has patented a high-tech drone that uses a unique device to keep its head above water. The submission, & # 39; Dual-kite aerial vehicle & # 39 ;, describes an unmanned aircraft attached to two pilots
The drone is attached to the two kites via a chain, each of which can continue to fly at different heights.
It is equipped with a flight control system so that it changes direction, altitude, speed, altitude, & # 39; attack angle & # 39; and other movements.
The patent was filed in November 2018, but was not made public until Thursday.
Facebook goes on to say in the patent that the drone would be cheaper and lighter than traditional aircraft.
& # 39; The dual kite-air vehicle reduces fuel consumption by converting different environmental forces into electrical energy to power components of the dual-kite air vehicle & # 39 ;, according to the patent states.
& # 39; … As stated above, reducing fuel consumption in this way reduces the total weight of the two-wing aircraft and the costs associated with storing and consuming fuel to power the two-aircraft air vehicle, thereby reducing total operating costs be lowered from the dual-kite aerial vehicle. & # 39;
Facebook filed the patent in November 2018, but was not made public until Thursday. However, it is unclear whether the unmanned aircraft will ever be operated
In the patent, Facebook says in the patent that the drone would be cheaper and lighter than traditional aircraft, partly due to the fact that it requires little fuel
Like most patents, it is unclear whether the technology described by Facebook will ever succeed.
If Facebook built the UAV, this would not mark the first step of the company towards drones.
Last June, Facebook quietly ended its plans to launch solar powered drones as part of its Aquila initiative project.
With Aquila no longer, the company is now working with Airbus to test drones in Australia.
Facebook and Airbus planned to perform testing at Wyndham Airfield in Western Australia last November and December, using Airbus' pioneering solar-powered & Zephyr & # 39; drone.
WHAT WAS FACEBOOK & # 39; S PROJECT AQUILA?
Project Aquila was once a major part of Facebook's plans to provide an internet connection to people around the world.
The goal was to build a fleet of solar-powered internet drones that had the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and weighed the same as a family car.
The drones, which fly at 19,000 m (19,000 m), could remain in the air for months at a time.
Project Aquila aimed to build a fleet of solar-powered internet drones that had the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and weighed the same as a family car. Pictured is one of the prototypes of the company
They were relatively inexpensive and would be most effective for suburban areas that do not have the cables or infrastructure to transport internet or telephone signals.
The internet access would be transmitted in the form of free-space optical communication, or FSO, which transmits data using infrared laser beams.
Facebook provided hundreds of these electrically driven drones with laser-guided internet access fired to remote corners of the world.
Launched in 2014, the Aquila team flew a prototype drone twice, although the aircraft suffered a broken wing during a test flight.
In June 2018, Facebook announced it would cancel the project in favor of new deals with air and space companies such as Airbus.
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