It sucks to be without internet in the modern day and age, right? In times we live in, internet disconnection for mere seconds alone can account for sudden mood swings. Are you one of the unlucky folks who face recurring internet disconnections or, worse, have no access to internet at all? Guess who is coming to your rescue? It’s Facebook! If the rumoured talks between an American based aerospace company and Facebook are successful, Facebook could be sending out its own drone fleet around the globe to help people connect better.
It is no surprise that rumoured reports of Facebook’s interest in taking over Titan Aerospace surfaced on TechCrunch this past week. Before you ask, it is estimated to cost nearly $60 million. That’s expensive, but not too expensive by Facebook’s standards. Remember, they acquired Instagram and WhatsApp for a whole lot more (hint: Billions spent)?
Titan Aerospace makes solar-powered drones, nearly 11,000 of which Facebook might be getting in exchange for millions of dollars. TechCrunch even went on to take a net educated guess as to which aircraft Facebook might favour – the Solara 60. 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, TechCrunch 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.”
This isn’t the first major initiative to spread internet across the globe, though. Only last month, Outernet project, backed by Media Development Investment Fund was reported to be in the works. However, that one is not expected to take just as well.