TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Titan Aerospace—in a bid to secure its own fleet of endurance drones to take internet to the air.
The small aircraft made by Titan are in fact solar powered, and can stay in the air for up to five years at a time. According to Techcrunch's sources, Zuckerberg & Co. are interested in the drones as a means to deliver internet across the skies, with grand plans of using 11,000 of the company's Solara 60 UAVs to provide data across Africa. Titan confirmed with TechCrunch that it has been in discussions with Facebook.
If that sounds like Google's crazy Project Loon—which aims to use thousands of high-pressure balloons to provide internet from the skies—it's because it is. That project is already trialling in New Zealand, offering 50 users internet access from above. The idea of Facebook using drones to supply data from the skies certainly chimes with its drive to expand internet access globally as part of the Internet.org initiative.