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Facebook grounds internet drones before takeoff

12:49 PM | 27 Jun, 2018
Facebook grounds internet drones before takeoff
MENLO PARK – Social media giant Facebook has ditched plans to build its own internet drones for delivering internet, an initiative within its Aquila project that was started four years ago.

The setback closed a facility in England and let go of 16 employees involved with the project, a company engineer revealed on Tuesday.

The Boeing 747-sized drones were set to provide wireless internet connectivity to developing countries.

Part of the four-year-old Aquila project, the HAPS (High Altitude Platform Stations) drones are leaving the limelight so Facebook can focus on the underlying technologies instead.

The Aquila project conducted two public, high-profile test flights of a prototype drone, the first of which is 2016 resulted in serious damage to the aircraft during its landing.

Facebook Engineering director Yael Maguire said, “We’ve decided now is the right moment to focus on the next set of engineering and regulatory challenges for HAPS connectivity. This means we will no longer design and build our own aircraft, and, as a result, we’ve closed our facility in Bridgewater.”

The Aquila project imagined gigantic drones that run partially on solar power. These drones can stay in the fight for a long time and beam LTE connectivity to the remotest regions of the world.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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