ALPHABETICAL GOOGLE has taken a large metaphorical axe to plans for flying broadband drones, shelving the initiative so that it can concentrate on other things.
Google didn't rush to inform the world about its change of heart here, but eventually confirmed its withdrawal in a comment to Business Insider.
The program is called Project Titan and became a part of the Google fold when the company bought an outfit called Titan Aerospace and absorbed it into the X Labs side of things. Since then. Google has become Alphabet and set about changing and refining the way it does those things.
Internet drones are a casualty of that but the technology lives on and Google will continue to puff away at Project Loon, which uses balloons instead of drones.
"The team from Titan was brought into X in late 2015. We ended our exploration of high altitude UAVs for internet access shortly after," explained the firm in a written statement.
"By comparison, 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. Many people from the Titan team are now using their expertise as part of other high-flying projects at X, including Loon and Project Wing."
It was less than a year ago that we reported that Google was planning to hurl a ton of 5G broadband drones at the skies. Back then it was called SkyBender and obviously relied on drones.
Perhaps Google has realised what we worked out a long time ago. That drones are a pain in the arse. At the time experts suggested that such an internet delivery service would be complex and power hungry. No one mentioned how hard it is to fly a drone.
We have asked Google to confirm its plans to dump the drones. µ
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