Monday, 2 June 2014

Google acquires Titan Aerospace

Hot on the topic of exciting news, Google and Titan Aerospace have made an announcement that the two companies will be joining efforts for the sake of humanity's technological advancement. According to Wall Street Journal, Google plans to utilize Titan's competencies to build up to 180 small satellites that will orbit the Earth at low altitudes. The ultimate purpose of this would be to provide various parts of the world with better internet access and update Google Maps data in a manner that's more timely and accurate.
Interestingly, Titan Aerospace concerns itself with unmanned glider-type aircraft. Each of the Solara 50 prototype planes comes equipped with 3000 individual solar panels capable of generating 7 kilowatts of power. Half of this power is used to propel the aircraft throughout the day, while the other half goes into charging the batteries that help the glider plane stay in flight by night. Presumably, such a plane could keep flying for months or even years. Its hard to say why the news, dubbed by some as SkyNet generation 1, is so exciting. It seems, though, that it takes us back to a simpler time, where ingenious sustainable solutions such as zeppelins were widely used for airborne transportation.

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