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Facebook to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million

By Shawn Knight
Mar 4, 2014
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  1. Facebook is reportedly in talks to purchase New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. The social networking giant isn't interested in competing with Amazon in the retail delivery space but instead wants to use the company's technology to...

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,205   +518

    Out of all the things that Facebook could purchase this is the most random company to purchase. Now I understand why they want it, but its weird to see a Social Network purchase a Drone maker.
    wastedkill likes this.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,234   +79

    Wow, simply wow, an aerospace on semi-orbital flight that can last for up to five years in orbit using just solar power is simply wow!
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,234   +79

    Yes it is indeed weird, up until now I thought on some form of tracking :p but satelite usage to increase the cover of internet around the glove through semi-orbit flying drones... thats clearly something no one would think out of the buy :p
  5. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    50 meter wingspan? That's crazy! The video doesn't do the thing justice. I'm excited to see some actual footage.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,143   +241

    I am surprised google didnt buy this company up to be honest it doesnt exactly make sense for facebook if you really think about it...
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,025   +735

    I would think Google's idea of using balloons is better than using drones, either way both have pro's and cons.
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,143   +241

    Drones that last 4-5yrs and use solar energy are far superior then balloons...
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 866   +21

    I wish they would keep it domestic. Why not give america free wifi? Also, much of africa doesn't even have electricity. Worry about that first.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,025   +735

    I'm no expert on the subject but in my estimation a drone must have a motor, ailerons, rudder and elevators which are all moving parts, in my experience moving parts have a tendency to wear out after time. On the other hand balloons have no moving parts. All things being equal the balloon should be able to stay aloft longer than the drone (not to mention cheaper to make and maintain) but as I alluded to in my earlier post both will have their pro's and cons.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,025   +735

    I'm an African and we're not much different to the rest of the world. Have you ever been to Africa and seen it? You'll be amazed just how many countries and millions of people do have access reliable electricity. On the other hand I have traveled the world and seen a lot of different countries and continents which includes the good old US of A.
    Facebook isn't in the business of supplying electricity to the entire word but it is interested as getting as many followers as possible. Oh yes, here in South Africa, where I live, we even have Apple products and iStores. :)
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  12. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,143   +241


    I think we associate africa as being the desert with bad living conditions, aids, no electricity, garbage dump, non-stop killing thanks to TV documentaries about Africa showing the only bad side and areas to africa lol I have seriously never seen a TV show about africa that is on a good side of africa with electricity and good living conditions...
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,025   +735

    That's just human nature for you but you can take my word for it, it's not as bad as you're led to believe. Sure there are poverty stricken , AIDS ridden, crime ridden communities in many countries and communities but Africa isn't the only continent that experiences it. If you ever get the chance, do yourself a favor and visit South Africa, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out how advanced and beautiful it is, not to mention friendly.
  14. Kinda fishy here, what if US government is also involved? I mean they can mixed in 1 or 2 spying drones or maybe armed Predator drone within these facebook's drones watching you from the sky :D
  15. Jorrie

    Jorrie TS Rookie

    That's just human nature for you but you can take my word for it, it's not as bad as you're led to believe. Sure there are poverty stricken , AIDS ridden, crime ridden communities in many countries and communities but Africa isn't the only continent that experiences it. If you ever get the chance, do yourself a favor and visit South Africa, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out how advanced and beautiful it is, not to mention friendly.[/quote]

    I am also from South Africa and yes this is a country and not the south point of Africa. Most of Africa's countries if not all has electricity. I can kind of see you point as how TV can give you a perception of how a country looks. We have a lot of local TV shows but I assume they do not compete with your local shows and thus you would have never seen them. (Vet Koek paleis as example) Please take Skidmarksdeluxe advise and come see our beautiful country. Our
    Government is currupt like hell but everything is still working ok. You dont have to fly back to USA to uplaod your safary pics on facebook.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,234   +79

    I'm pretty sure it's like that in the main cities of SOUTH AFRICA, what about the outer towns, villages? how about the neighbour countries? The thing is "Africa" is a big continent, where as South Africa is a Country, there are lot of places in Africa where tribes are still a big thing, warlords, aids, whatnot exists.

    It's like saying I'm from South America but I'm great where I am, yes, in Chile, in a big city of course things are great. How about people in Brazil, Amazonia, they are still from South America but miles away from any kind of "civilization".

    In some way so do mechanical clocks, they have a lot of small pieces that are springed every couple times in a single seconds, though they are able to last for decades because of the parts that are used on clocks, that's why expensive mechanical clocks are that expensive. Your hard disk drive has moving parts and they work for a very long time under heavy usage.
  17. Jorrie

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  18. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,234   +79

    Please learn how to quote, you can preview your post or edit it once you have published.

    How about Tenke in Congo? How about the OTHER neighbours? How about those places you can't see animals because starving people have eaten them all. I'm pretty sure where you live is great, not EVERYWHERE nor the most of Africa.
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,428   +217

    How about getting back on topic?
  20. Facebook buys WhatsApp and then drone maker.. let's connect the dots here.. so, you can control the drones via whatsapp and then whatever your activities with the drones it'll be automatically updated to your facebook? or, now fb and whatsapp users can take the picture from the drones' camera then you put it up to your facebook?
  21. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 679   +46

    Looks like facebook is truly dedicated to spying on us
  22. Ha! Just like in Eve-Online.... everybody uses the drones now


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