You may remember all the hype back in 2014 when Google launched it’s internet drones project . They designed the project to bring the internet to remote rural areas. It complemented it’s Loon project – a similar initiative using hot air balloons.
If you were looking forward to the possibility of the internet no matter where you live. Then you may now have to wait for another solution.
End of internet drones
The plan was to use solar-powered internet drones, to bring connectivity to barren areas of the world. Google has now scrapped this.
The Titan initiative actually closed down in early 2016, nearly two years after Google purchased Titan Aerospace in April 2014, Google X revealed. Google’s internet drones plan has been initially designed to complement X’s ongoing Project Loon initiative. They were aiming to deliver internet access using hot air balloons.
Pressing on with Loon
A Google X spokesperson has said that Project Loon had become a much more promising way of delivering access to rural areas. This was delivered in a statement given to 9to5Google,
“Titan was brought into X in late 2015. We ended our exploration of high altitude unmanned aerial vehicles for internet access shortly after” it said in the statement.
“By comparison, at this stage the economics and technical feasibility of Project Loon present a much more promising way to connect rural and remote parts of the world.”
Will Facebook continue with internet drones?
Google had spoke positively about the possibilities of using Titan’s solar-powered drones, after purchasing Titan, which were able to stay in the air for years at a time.
Google wanted to use them as ‘atmospheric satellites’ that could bring internet access to millions, aid with disaster relief and even combat environmental damage like deforestation.
While Google concentrates on Project Loon, the focus will now be on Facebook to push ahead with internet drones. The social network was reportedly chasing Titan for its own drone plans before Google stepped in and gazumpped them.