Google’s Solar-powered Internet Drone Crashes During Test Flight in New Mexico

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Google has confirmed that a prototype solar-powered drone intended to one day provide Internet access from way up in the sky crashed earlier this month during a test flight in New Mexico. The unmanned Solara 50 built by Titan Aerospace, the company Google bought last year, crashed on May 1 shortly after takeoff at a test field east of Albuquerque. The incident was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed Friday by Google.

“Titan has been working to develop and test a new kind of high-altitude, solar-powered aircraft that could one day provide Internet access from the stratosphere. Part of building a new technology is overcoming hurdles along the way,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to NBC News. “Although our prototype plane went down during a recent test, we remain optimistic about the potential of solar-powered planes to help deliver connectivity.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, James Eng

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