In times we live in, internet disconnection for mere seconds alone can account for sudden mood swings. Facebook is sending out its own drone fleet around the globe to help people connect better.
It is no surprise that rumored reports of Facebook’s interest in taking over Titan Aerospace surfaced on TechCrunch this past week. It is estimated to cost nearly $60 million. Titan Aerospace makes solar-powered drones, nearly 11,000 of which Facebook might be getting in exchange for millions of dollars. Details on the Titan Aerospace website suggest that these drones can not only monitor weather but provide “easy access to real-time high-resolution images of the earth, voice and data services, and other atmospheric-based sensor systems.”
Solar panels installed in each aircraft means that sufficient energy is generated to ensure five years of in-air lifetime for each of these drones. Considering Facebook’s interest in the Internet.org, We strongly believes that the deal might well happen. For those of you unaware of the Internet.org program, it’s “a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.”