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According to media reports, Google has acquired drone-maker Titan Aerospace in an attempt to provide internet access to more parts of the world.
The company, however, did not disclose a purchase price for Titan, whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for years.
Last year Google launched a small network of balloons over the Southern Hemisphere, dubbed as Project Loon,
The 20-person company will remain in New Mexico for the foreseeable future with all employees joining Google.
The deal could further Google’s efforts to deliver Internet access to remote regions of the world. Last year Google launched a small network of balloons designed to deliver Internet access over the Southern Hemisphere, dubbed as Project Loon, in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable internet access to the world’s most remote regions..
Google said, in an emailed statement, that atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.
Google’s acquisition of Titan comes several weeks after rival Facebook Inc announced plans to build solar-powered drones and satellites capable of beaming Internet access to underdeveloped parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered atmospheric satellites, according to the company’s website, with initial commercial operations slated for 2015. The drones, which fly at an altitude of 65,000 feet and can remain aloft for up to five years and have a 165-foot (50-meter) wingspan, slightly shorter than that of a Boeing 777.