Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch.
The idea is that Facebook could use the drones to bring Internet access to parts of the world that still need it, as part of Mark Zuckerberg’s goal to bring the web to the entire world, through the Internet.org initiative.
It’s similar to Google’s plan to use balloons to beam Internet access to countries that don’t have the infrastructure for broadband Internet. And it behooves both companies to get as many new people online as possible using their services instead of a potential rival’s.
So what do we know about these drones?
The drones are covered in solar panels, which store enough energy to lift the craft 20 kilometers above sea level. The drones can stay aloft for five years before having to land or refuel.
Besides the solar panels, the drones also have internal battery banks as back up so they can launch at night.