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article imageGoogle buys New Mexico start-up drone maker Titan Aerospace

By Milton Este     Apr 14, 2014 in Technology
Is the race for high altitude unmanned drones on? Two major tech giants showed interests in start-up drone companies and another major purchase has been made today.
Google acquired Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico start-up, just weeks after Facebook expressed their interests in the company. Facebook ended up collaborating with Ascenta, a British drone start-up. Both expressed interests in high altitude drones and Google's recent purchase hints at changing communication standards completely. Google did not mention how much it paid for the start-up specializing in high altitude drones designed to last years at a time with on-board solar panels.
However, we do know that Titan Aerospace will work closely with Google's Project Loon. Project Loon focuses on building high altitude balloons capable of beaming Internet connectivity to those below it. Titan claims their drones can deliver internet speed of up to 1 GB/s.
Titan also boasts its drones are capable of collecting real time high resolution images of the earth. This could potentially work with Google's Maps division and perhaps add independent real-time traffic updates independent from user generated feeds or local news stations.
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