Facebook and Airbus are testing internet drones down under


Facebook may not have abandoned its program for high-speed internet drones after all.

The social media giant is now working with Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to NetzPolitik.

Last year, Facebook grounded its so-called Aquila project following ‘significant internal turmoil’ at the company, but said it would continue to pursue partnerships with firms like Airbus.

Now, a document obtained by NetzPolitik using a Freedom of Information Act request, has detailed Facebook’s plans to continue testing drones.

Facebook and Airbus planned to conduct tests at Wyndham Airfield in Western Australia last November and December, using Airbus’ pioneering solar-powered ‘Zephyr’ drone.

However, NetzPolitik said it’s unclear if the tests ultimately took place.