The gloves are off as Google beats out Facebook to purchase Titan Aerospace. Titan Aerospace manufactures solar-powered drones that can fly at high altitudes for extended periods of time. The drones are expected to be used as satellites and both Google and Facebook saw this as an opportunity to tap into uncharted waters.

“Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world. It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation. It’s why we’re so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family,” said a spokesperson from Google.

The atmospheric satellites rely heavily on the use of composites – mainly fiberglass, DuPont Kevlar® and carbon fiber – in order to reduce the overall weight of the craft. Titan Aerospace has been developing two models of unmanned aerial vehicle, the Solara 50 and Solara 60, that are designed to stay aloft continuously for as long as 5 years.

Read more about Titan Aerospace and the Solara atmospheric satellites here.