Google buys solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Titan Aerospace, once rumored to be in Facebook's crosshairs, has been acquired by Google (GOOG +0.8%).

The Information previously reported of Google's interest in Titan. The Web giant plans to have Titan's drones (the Solara 50 and Solara 60) complement Project Loon, which aims to provide 3G-or-faster Web access via hot-air balloons to areas lacking connectivity. Google might also have Titan support its Makani unit, which is working on airborne wind turbines.

Facebook, for its part, is looking to connect offline regions with the help of its Connectivity Lab and recently-acquired U.K. drone startup Ascenta.

Titan's 20-employee team will remain at its New Mexico HQ. In addition to providing voice/data services, Titan asserts its drones will be able to collect high-res imagery and sport atmospheric sensors (possibly of value for Google Maps). It expects individual drones to support up to 1Gbps of bandwidth.

UAV maker AeroVironment (AVAV +0.7%) has turned positive on the news.

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  • Manitobatex
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    Smart GOOGLE can expand their market and allow people to connect to Facebook. Wonderful acquisition prompted by Zuckerberg.
    14 Apr 2014, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    If you want to give cheap free internet to the masses, resurrect WiMax. Oh sorry that was killed by everyone because it cannibalizes/supplants the whole telecom market and the telecom companies sued cities for trying to implement it because it was unfair to them to let users get free access.
    15 Apr 2014, 01:23 AM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    IN 2011 Mountain View, Google supposedly supplied free internet: the locked and unlocked, but neither hooked-up.
    15 Apr 2014, 02:26 AM Reply Like
  • Hoang6
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    So, do areas lacking connectivity lack electricity, water, food?
    15 Apr 2014, 04:12 AM Reply Like
  • Breezy Breeze
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    Humanity is inching it's way closer to the singularity. Amazing.
    15 Apr 2014, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • TorontoGeo
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    I do not see how increasing telecommunications and connectivity equates with singularity - with it's various meanings. Simple meaning is that computer becomes intelligent enough to match most of mankind's capacities. Another definition is that you download intelligence into your brain. But with the invasion of the human body by bio-engineered and electrical sensitive organisms, singularity may mean something much more sinister - that we become linked into an electronic mental control network and become programmed slaves. That one is too close for comfort and much less than awesome.
    16 Apr 2014, 12:47 AM Reply Like
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