Facebook has successfully completed a second test of an unmanned aircraft designed to beam internet access to remote parts of the planet.
Facebook plans to develop a fleet of drones powered by sunlight that will fly for months at a time, communicating with each other through lasers and extending internet connectivity to the ground below.
The company called the first test, in June 2016, a success after it flew above the Arizona desert for 1 hour and 36 minutes, three times longer than planned. It later said the drone had also crashed moments before landing and had suffered a damaged wing.
The second test occurred on May 22, according to Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook's director of aeronautical platforms. The aircraft flew for an hour and 46 minutes before landing near Yuma, Arizona, with only "a few minor, easily-repairable dings.".