Google buys drone manufacturer

Internet behemoth Google has announced the purchase of New Mexico firm Titan Aerospace. The company makes high altitude drones that Google hopes it can use to bring the internet to some of the world’s most remote areas.

Google won out against Facebook which was also interested in the company and has recently bought UK Aerospace firm Ascenta.

Titan Aerospace’s unmanned aircraft can fly around the globe non-stop for several years, beaming wireless internet signal to the ground.

A Google spokesman said: “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. It’s why we’re so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family.”

The use of high altitude drones is seen as a cheaper method of connecting more people to the internet than the construction of wired infrastructure.

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