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The Solara 50 can stay airborne for five years without having to land.     Photo: Courtesy of Titan Aerospace

Google Grabs Drone Company

Will deliver remote internet

Google has acquired New Mexico–based drone maker Titan Aerospace. Facebook had reportedly been in talks with the solar-powered drone manufacturer last month; however, it appears Google has stepped in and closed the deal.

Titan Aerospace specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles that have the ability to stay in the air for five years at a time. The obvious application of these drones for technology powers such as Facebook and Google is their ability to deliver Internet service to remote locations and to capture data and images for improved mapping.

For Google, the Titan Aerospace acquisition will likely play a major role in developing the already expansive Google Maps as well as Project Loon—an intiative that sends balloons into the atmosphere to provide Internet access to hard-to-reach locations.

Titan Aerospace appears to be very happy about its new partner, according to a statement on its website:

"It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like 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."

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