Google Acquires Titan Aerospace Beating Facebook

Posted By: Arin Dey - April 15, 2014
Google has acquired up American drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum and reported found that Google has beaten Facebook which is on the same run for snapping the start-up. Titan posted on its website onMonday that it is indeed joining search giant Google.

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace Beating Facebook
Image Credit : Titan Aerospace

Titan stated “At Titan Aerospace, we’re passionate believers in the potential for technology (and in particular, atmospheric satellites) to improve people’s lives. It’s still early days for the technology we’re developing, and there are a lot of ways that we think we could help people, whether it’s providing internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and deforestation. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to learn from and work with our new colleagues as we continue our research, testing and design work as part of the Google family.”

Google told The Wall Street Journal that Titan will work on Project Loon which is balloon-powered Internet endeavor to bring the Internet to the two-thirds of the world’s population with no connection. Titan may also work on the Makani project which is a development for an airborne wind turbine to produce energy more efficiently. Google’s Project Loon is in direct competition with Facebook’s Internet.org initiative and now it seems that Google has taken initiative for this.

It is also been reported from various sources that Facebook was about to acquire Titan Aerospace for $60 million and under negotiation to beam Internet access to isolated regions, beginning with Africa. Titan is best known for its Solara 60 drones which is a featherweight aircraft manufactured using thousands of solar cells that enable it to fly at an altitude of 65,000 feet for years without refueling. The drone can carry as much as 250 pounds.

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Titan Aerospace was founded in 2012 and according to website it “is backed by leading entrepreneurs and comprised of Internet and aerospace professionals. By designing, building and operating a coordinated imaging solar atmospheric satellite constellation, Titan is empowering commercial and government customers to make more informed, data-driven decisions that will improve the profitability of companies and the welfare of societies around the world.”

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