While some have praised the company's ambition to connect the two-thirds of the planet without internet access, critics have suggested it is exclusively motivated by private gains.
The aircraft is expected to use the latest laser-beam technology to provide fast internet access for people in a 60-mile radius as it circles the area above.
Facebook has been conducting test flights of a smaller drone in its testing arena for the past few months.
This first functional check was a low-altitude flight and the aircraft flew for more than 90 minutes - three times longer than Facebooksaid it had originally planned.
While the first full test was successful, Facebook acknowledged that it has a long way to go before it reaches its goals with Aquila. He said that the company's main aim is to connect the world and help more of the 4 billion people access the fast internet.
Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday the first successful flight of its unmanned solar-powered aircraft - the Aquiladrone.
Facebook's Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Jay Parikh spoke about how Aquila will continue to drive Facebook's goal of bringing internet access to everybody.
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"When Zuckerberg says that access to the internet is a human right, what he means is that access to Facebook should be a human right".
Aquila, named after the eagle in Greek mythology that carried Jupiter's thunderbolts, is based on technology developed by British company Ascenta, which Facebook bought in March 2014 for an estimated £12.5 million.
Aquila has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737, but has to weigh as little as possible to stay up for as long as possible. Solar powered, it is created to consume only 5,000 watts, which is "about as much as three hair dryers".
Eventually, the company hopes entire fleets of the carbon-fiber drones will fly for up to 90 days at a time in the stratosphere, between 60,000 and 90,000 feet.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says "we gathered lots of data about our models and the aircraft structure and after two years of development, it was emotional to see Aquila actually get off the ground".
What do you think of Aquila's first official flight? This will require "significant advancements in science and engineering to achieve", Facebook admits. But more than half of the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants are not connected to the Internet.
Some of the lazy Pokemon Go players out there - you know who you are - are using their cars to catch the creatures. The Pokemon Go app has brought the thrill of Pikachu and company to players with access to a smartphone.
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Dozens of protesters awaited Trump , shouting slogans and waving signs that said Trump is "Dangerous, Divisive, Deceitful". Marco Rubio said he was scheduled to preside over the Senate but that others would benefit more anyway from seeing Trump .
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Griezmann, 25, is the tournament's top scorer bidding to deliver success for the home nation in his first major global final. After all, they learnt a lesson 12 years ago: the unfancied team can prevail against the hosts in the final.
The surprise move comes less than a week after Johnson pulled out of the race to succeed David Cameron as Conservative leader. Theresa May stunned Westminster tonight by sacking George Osborne and making Boris Johnson her new Foreign Secretary.
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But many have suggested that Miko's presence was something that the Dolphins were utterly sick of and wanted no more part of. That arrest led to Grimes losing her show on WQAM and giving both her husband and the Dolphins organization a bad publicity.
Those detained are accused of seeking to violate the Turkish constitution and attempting to overthrow the authorities by force. Gulen, who lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, espouses a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with democracy.
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No vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus now exists and many of those infected will not show symptoms, the CDC says. An elderly Utah resident is the first person in the continental U.S.to die while being infected with the Zika virus.
Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls . The first running of the bulls of this year's festival set off at about 8am in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona .
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The city government said schools and offices will remain open today, although most schools are closed for the summer vacation. Heavy rain will linger through the weekend in Eastern China, which has been hit hard by recent seasonal rains.
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