Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones, in an effort to provide Internet access in areas without service, company representatives said.
The tech giant bought the maker of high-altitude unmanned aircraft for an unspecified amount, following in the footsteps of Facebook, which purchased Ascenta, a British company that makes similar drones, in March.
Facebook looked at acquiring Titan Aerospace but decided instead to buy Ascenta for about $20 million.
"Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world," Google said in a statement.
New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, which only has about 20 employees, will continue to be run by CEO Vern Raburn, who previously worked at Symantec and Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, reported.
Google wants to use Titan Aerospace's drones to support Project Loon, an effort to provide Internet service in remote areas via high-altitude balloons. EFE