Facebook aims to launch unmanned drone by year-end

The aircraft is designed to provide Internet access to people in underserved areas

  • A carbon fiber tube mockup, which would hold the battery for Facebook's Aquila aircraft.

  • Facebook Global Head of Engineering Jay Parikh, showing the company's unmanned aircraft, on screen, on July 30, 2015, at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

  • Facebook's Aquila, pictured July 30, 2015, is an unmanned aircraft designed to beam Internet access to people in underserved parts of the world. It has a wingspan of 140 feet.

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