Google Buys Drone Manufacturer

by Greg Pollowitz

It looks like Google is the latest tech giant entering the game of drones.

The Web giant on Monday confirmed it has agreed to purchase drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve their 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 move comes about a month and a half after reports that Facebook was in talks to purchase Titan Aerospace, which makes solar-powered, near-orbital drones that can fly for about five years nonstop. But Facebook instead picked up U.K.-based Ascenta, which has also been working on solar-powered drones, as part of Facebook’s effort to bring Web access to all corners of the globe. . .