Google to Buy Titan Aerospace

Posted on April 15, 2014

Titan Aerospace drone

Google is going to buy Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of drones. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook was previously in talks to buy the company before Google stepped in. The purchase price is not known. Titan has about 20 employees and is based in New Mexico.

Reuters reports that Google could make the Internet available in remote parts of the world by using drones to deliver it. Google's Project Loon uses balloons to deliver the Internet.

Google told Reuters in an email statement, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."

A statement on the Titan Aerospace website says, "At Titan Aerospace, we're passionate believers in the potential for technology (and in particular, atmospheric satellites) to improve people's lives. It's still early days for the technology we're developing, and there are a lot of ways that we think we could help people, whether it's providing internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and 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."

Photo: Titan Aerospace