Google drones on with Titan atmospheric satellite purchase
Google is buying Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone company.
The purchase — for an undisclosed sum — is part of the Internet giant’s strategy of delivering access to the web to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing drones as big as a commercial airliner, which fly at a height of almost 20,000 metres (65,000 feet) and can stay up for as long as five years without ever having to land and refuel. They can then be landed and reused.
Google has already experimented with balloons designed to beam internet access to underdeveloped parts of the world.