Google abandons its Internet drones project
Titan Aerospace is an American aerospace company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They develop and manufacture special drones.
In April 2014, Titan Aerospace announced its acquisition by Google Inc. which planned to use Titan Aerospace to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of bringing Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
The "atmospheric satellites" or Solar Powered Atmospheric Satellite Drones travel up to 20 kilometers high, can have satellite typical functions, take for example weather and fire monitoring or space photography. Equipped with a solar drive they can, according to the company, fly continuously up to five years and thereby cover four million kilometers.
In 2015, on the occasion of the Mobile World Congress, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had ensured that these devices would be able to deliver Internet access in the coming months. That promise was never kept. In May 2015, a Google device crashed during a test phase in New Mexico.
Alphabet announced on Wednesday, January 11th the abandonment of its project.
According to blog 9to5Google, Titan had actually shut in early 2016, and The Titan staff has been dispersing to other groups including the Project Loon effort, another idea of Google to bring the Internet from the sky but passing this time by balloons evolving in the high atmosphere.
It even appears that the decision to abandon the idea of drones was taken shortly after the integration of the employees of Titan Aerospace to Google X. To see now if other projects like Internet access by a constellation rich microsatellites will follow the same path.