Google has announced its newly acquired Titan Drones will perform its first flight test later this year.
After hearing about Facebook’s rumored interest in the drone company, Google went ahead and purchased Titan in hopes of eventually deploying drones capable of providing Internet connectivity to people while cruising the skies.
The ability of Titan’s drones to fly for long periods of time, while not using a large amount of energy is the most intriguing aspect about the UAVs.
Google hopes the drones will be able to hover in designated areas and shoot down Internet to targeted locations below.
Currently, the Titan team is working to develop a more advanced type of super lightweight solar-powered airplane, which could potentially provide Internet access to the 4 billion people on the planet who currently do not have reliable Internet access.
On a smaller scale, Google’s drones could be used for disaster response situations where Internet connectivity is down and emergency connectivity is needed.