Report: Google to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace, previously wooed by Facebook
By Zach Miners
Google is buying drone-maker Titan Aerospace in a move poised to advance its airborne delivery of data services and mapping applications, according a Monday report in the Wall Street Journal.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Titan’s aircraft, which it calls “atmospheric satellites,” are designed to stay aloft for years and can provide voice and data services, according to the company, and can take images of the Earth and carry atmospheric-based sensor systems.
Facebook was in talks to buy the company earlier this year. But the social network later said it was bringing on team members from U.K.-based Ascenta, which makes its own solar-powered unmanned aircraft.