EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Community News Network

April 14, 2014

Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace to spread Internet

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is adding drones to its fleets of robots and driverless cars.

The Internet search company said it acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude, solar-powered satellites that provides customer access to data services around the world. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Google is looking for new ways to provide online services to users around the world through Project Loon, which it unveiled last year to help connect people in rural or remote areas to the Internet using balloons and other machinery. The drones also can provide high-resolution images of the earth, navigation and mapping services and atmospheric-based monitoring systems.

"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," Tim Drinan, a spokesman for Google, said in a statement. "It's why we're so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family."

With Titan, Google is joining other Web companies that have started experimenting with the flying machines. Last month, Facebook Inc. said it acquired Ascenta, a British-based aerospace company that also works with drones, as part of an effort to deliver the Web to underserved areas. In December, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos said the world's largest online retailer is working with octocopters to deliver goods over a 10-mile radius from a company fulfillment center, with the aim of using the machines in four to five years.

Google has been investing in numerous projects outside its core Internet search business to extend its reach. The company has spent on products like connected Google Glass eyewear and driverless cars. Last year, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, which makes robots for the U.S. Defense Department.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Community News Network

NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Photos of the Week