There’s a new battlefront in the tech field, it involves air space and the Internet
, and it’s an exciting front. Google and Facebook
are forerunners here, and the former just snapped up drone maker Titan Aerospace
, which the latter was reportedly interested in buying recently
Facebook ended up
maker Ascenta, and now Google has reportedly secured Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, according to the WSJ
. Both purchases are aimed at developing new ways to bring Internet access and related technological perks to areas of the world that don’t already have it, and the Titan purchase would also aid Google in collecting images.
Titan Aerospace's Solara (Credit: Titan Aerospace)
(Whether that means we’ll see Google Maps use that to brilliant effect or that we’ll all be under Google surveillance is up for debate.)
“We’re thrilled to announce that Titan Aerospace is joining Google,” reads an announcement on Titan’s homepage
. “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.”
Titan’s 20-person team will remain at its New Mexico location, and the company will reportedly work closely with Google’s Project Loon group that’s exploring ways of delivering Internet access via balloon.