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Google buys solar UAV maker

Apr. 15, 2014 - 04:22PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
Google's Project Loon hot air balloon ws part of an effort to provide Internet access to rural and remote areas. Google has acquired a maker of solar-power UAVs as part of a similar project.
Google's Project Loon hot air balloon ws part of an effort to provide Internet access to rural and remote areas. Google has acquired a maker of solar-power UAVs as part of a similar project. (Wikimedia)
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Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered UAVs.

The deal comes as Google proceeds with Project Loon, an ambitious plan to deliver wireless Internet access to remote regions of the world.

"Atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation," said a Google statement, according to CNBC.

Titan's Web site only featured an announcement of the Google acquisition. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered UAVs with initial commercial operations slated for 2015, CNBC said. The craft will have a 165-foot wingspan, fly at an altitude of 65,000 feet and can remain aloft for up to five years.

Google has already used balloons to deliver Internet access. Google also snatched up Titan after reports that Facebook was interested in acquiring the UAV maker.

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