Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace
Google acquires high-altitude drone maker Titan Aerospace, bringing the possibility of using drones to get people online into the fore

MANILA, Philippines – Google is acquiring drone-making startup Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the Google-Titan Aerospace deal follows Facebook’s acquisition of drone competitor Ascenta.

Both Titan and Ascenta are known for developing high-altitude drones, which are capable of atmospheric heights. These high-altitude drones can fly for years in the atmosphere on solar power.

Google will apparently team up Titan Aerospace to help in the efforts of Project Loon, the balloon-powered Internet access initiative. TechCrunch adds that a combination of balloons and drones could “make a network of Internet-providing automatons even better at globe-trotting, with a higher degree of control and ability to react to changing conditions.”

A statement on Titan Aerospace’s website also notes other possibilities, such as “helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and deforestation.” –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.