In its on-going efforts to bring affordable Internet access to more than 5 billion people worldwide who can't afford it or don't have access, Facebook is now looking into buying a drone company.
As reported by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, which manufactures "near-orbital, solar-powered drones" that can fly for up to five years without needing to land. Tech Crunch's anonymous source said the deal is expected to be worth $60 million.
Facebook would use the drones to provide Internet access as part of its commitment to the Internet.org initiative, which Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg discussed at last week's Mobile World Congress.
The inside source says Facebook would start by building 11,000 of the company's "Solara 60" model drones.
Launched at night using internal battery power, these drones soak up enough energy from the sun to ascend to about 12.5 miles above sea level (that's more than 3 miles above commercial and military jets). There, they can fly for five years without refueling or landing.