Thursday, March 6, 2014

Facebook out to buy solar drone maker to provide WiFi Internet access

Facebook is in talks to buy a solar-powered drone startup in what could lead to making wireless Internet available in regions without online access.

An unidentified source disclosed that the leading social network is considering buying Titan Aerospace for about $60 million.

Facebook declined to comment Tuesday on what it referred to in a statement to reporters as "rumours and speculation."

Titan Aerospace makes high-altitude, solar-powered drones that can fly for as long as five years without touching down.

Facebook-backed, which has a stated mission of making online access available everywhere in the world, could put such drones to work as airborne wireless hotspots.

Titan Aerospace would start by making about 11,000 drones to fly above Africa and other parts of the world with minimal to no Internet access.

Titan Aerospace was founded in 2012 and has its headquarters in the state of New Mexico where it handles research and development.

The takeover, if confirmed, would come as Google works on a Project Loon to spread Internet access using balloons.

Titan Aerospace also provide a 'Space Denial Threat Solution' that pollutes the upper atmosphere with ball bearing projectiles travelling at high speed, intending to damage and disable GPS satellites.

Clearly this 'solution' is a weapon against all satellites and is a threat to humans and space travel.

It is not known whether Facebook would be interested in this 'solution' but any entity wanting to dominate space and the Earth could use it to threaten the peaceful and scientific use of Space.

Google Loon believes it's possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below.

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