Google, Facebook in race to build high-altitude aircraft

Its visionary founder is in prison. Its most heralded invention crash-landed in the New Mexico desert this spring.

 Titan Aerospace, bought by Google last year, is experiencing some turbulence on its way to the stratosphere.

In its quest to build a solar-powered drone that can beam the Internet down to Earth from 12 miles above, Titan is racing to beat a sleek rival, Facebook’s boomerang-shaped Aquila plane, which is complete and awaiting testing over the United States.

Read More: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_29177300/google-facebook-race-build-high-altitude-aircraft.

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