Facebook announced on Wednesday (2018.06.27) that it is ending its Aquila drone program after four years of development. Aquila was a high-altitude platform station (HAPS) system designed to deliver internet in remote locations.

The solar-powered Aquila was designed to fly between 60,000 and 90,000 feet and to stay aloft for up to 90 days at a time, while providing broadband coverage to a 60-mile-wide area on the ground. The drone flew twice in 2016-2017.

Do any organizations or governments have or plan to provide Internet service via a drone or other aircraft?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean heavier-than-air, or does Google Loon count? $\endgroup$ – Sanchises Jun 29 '18 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ If by "plan" you mean something to be executed and not reaching it's target is considered a failure, then the answer is probably no. None of the existing proposals is that firm. $\endgroup$ – user3528438 Jun 29 '18 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ The linked article mentions one project by Google (Skybender) and that again one more by DARPA (mobile hotspots). Since DARPA has less than global ambitions, this one looks likely to succeed. $\endgroup$ – Peter Kämpf Jun 29 '18 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ Related: Is an “atmospheric geostationary satellite” feasible with current technology? $\endgroup$ – Peter Kämpf Jun 29 '18 at 17:51

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