Facebook wants to use drones to provide internet globally, may acquire Titan Aerospace

Facebook is allegedly in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a company specializing in solar-powered drones and related technologies, for a sum of around $60 million.

Titan Aerospace makes drones capable of voice and data communication in addition to various other tasks. In a keynote at the Mobile World Congress 2014, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed interest in providing internet access to the billions of people who live in remote regions lacking in networks and infrastructure. 

Facebook is one of the biggest supporters of the internet.org initiative which aims to bring the internet to everyone and the acquisition of Titan Aerospace can help the company achieve this to some extent. According to a report from TechCrunch, Facebook would start the project with Africa using 11,000 "Salora 60" unmanned aerial vehicles and expand to other regions eventually.

Google has been testing "Project Loon" which is a similar project that had its first trial run in June last year in New Zealand and also in parts of California. Project Loon uses balloons to provide connectivity in the nearby areas whereas drones from Titan Aerospace can provide voice communication using satellites and work on solar power.

It cannot be determined whether Facebook and Titan Aerospace are still in talks for the acquisition as both the companies have declined to comment on the reports.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via AnimalNewYork

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How long until someone creates a flying botnet of drones for spying on everyone! Oh wait, the NSA already has that set to deploy...

Last thing I would like to see while visiting a remote place is seeing the sky littered with robots D:

also I'm not going to believe anything till 2nd of April

I say there should be a new law anyone disrupts a drone gets 20 years maximum in prison and $100,000 fine.

Hello,

max22 said,
I say there should be a new law anyone disrupts a drone gets 20 years maximum in prison and $100,000 fine.

The problem is that some states have that whoever invades your property, you warn them that if they dont leave, they will be shot. A drone will never invade private property but should it and it decides not to leave, they can legally be shot down.

I don't believe your private property rights extend beyond the height of a normal, single family, dwelling structure. Else, people could target passenger aircraft under the same arguement.

Dot Matrix said,
All these drones... First one that lands on my property becomes target practice!

And if Windows 8 embedded was its OS? What naw, Matrix...what naw??!!

AR556 said,

And if Windows 8 embedded was its OS? What naw, Matrix...what naw??!!

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