Google has reportedly given up on its project using advanced drones to supply more under-developed parts of the world with Internet access, a press secretary for Google’s Alphabet said Wednesday.
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, decided to dissolve the group developing the Internet-supplying drone technology, according to 9to5Google
The several members of the team, known as Titan, have been delegated to other initiatives, like Project Loon, which aims to provide Internet through the use of balloons, and Project Wing, a prospective drone delivery service.
“We ended our exploration of high altitude UAVs for internet access,” Alphabet said, according to 9to5Google. “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.”
Facebook has been trying to provide Internet access to people from more remote, less advanced countries in highly similar ways.
Aquila, Facebook’s Internet-supplying drone, crashed during its first test flight June 29 in Arizona. After conducting an investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board reported in November that the wreck occurred during the landing process due to a “structural failure.”
The social media company turned tech conglomerate, though, still seems committed to perfecting Aquila’s technology.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also spearheaded an initiative to have a satellite launched into space to provide Internet to areas in Africa and elsewhere. (RELATED: Facebook Continues Quest For World Dominance, Starts Hiring In Africa)
But Zuckerberg wasn’t too pleased when one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket exploded upon takeoff and destroyed his Internet-supplying satellite. (RELATED: Owner Seeks $50 Million After SpaceX Destroyed Satellite)
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