Google (NASDAQ : GOOG ) on Monday announced to acquire the Titan Aerospace, a company that manufactures jet size solar powered drones which are intended to fly even for years. Facebook in the past also tried to make a deal with the Mexico-based drone maker, but then Google placed a higher bid which would help the company with its Project Loon.
Although Google didn’t gave much of details but the recent acquisition would help the company with its Project Loon, an initiative to provide Internet to the areas with less or no connectivity. The drones probably be flying above the Earth’s atmosphere and will be comparatively more easy to control. Project Loon initially had the balloons flying in the Earth’s atmosphere with communication hardware.
But the era of drones circling around to provide Internet connectivity is still 3 – 4 years away from now, the technological challenges are probably going to put enough hurdles to delay the progress. But in the end the company would be able to reach maximum number of people living without an Internet connection.
Facebook, with its initiative Internet.org, is also looking forward to provide Internet connectivity to the remote areas, Facebook announced to use satellites and drones orbiting around to achieve their mission of making the world more open and connected. last time Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. Today we are also bringing on key members of the team from Ascenta, a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft. They will join our team working on connectivity aircraft.” He also said that, “We’ve made good progress so far. Over the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay alone has doubled the number of people using mobile data with the operators we’ve partnered with, helping 3 million new people access the internet.”
Both the companies are having one common objective to provide more connectivity in the remote areas.