Recent rumors suggested that Facebook was in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace in an effort to use the firm’s drones to provide Internet around the world. Facebook may still be able to progress on those plans with another firm, Ascenta, but it’s going to do so without Titan Aerospace, which is now in the process of being acquired by Google instead.
The Wall Street Journal said the current plan is for Google to leave Titan Aerospace intact and operating as it normally does in New Mexico. The firm’s CEO Vern Raburn will still control all operations, too, according to the news outlet. Google is going to use Titan Aerospace just as Facebook had intended to, and the firm will co-exist with the company’s existing Project Loon initiative, which is working to provide Internet to third-world countries using high-flying balloons instead of drones.
“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,” Google told The Wall Street Journal, noting that it hopes to get the fleet of drones up in the air and working sometime next year.