Facebook gives up on building internet-beaming drones
Four years after embarking on a project to bring internet access to remote locations through the use of internet-beaming drones, Facebook is giving up on designing its own aircraft. Instead, the tech giant said that it will work with aerospace manufacturer Airbus and other partners. As part of the decision to shut down its project, Facebook is also closing a facility in Bridgwater, England, where it was developing drones. Facebook engineer Yael Maquire said other companies have been investing in the development of high-altitude aircraft and other technology necessary to beam internet access from airborne platforms.
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