The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident On May 1st at a private airfield outside of Albuquerque Google’s solar-powered Solara 50 plane crashed and no injuries were reported according to Bloomberg Business.
Google acquisition Titan Aerospace built the 50-meter-wide (164 ft) drone as part of an ambitious Google plan to deliver global internet connectivity via stratospheric drones.
Although our prototype plane went down during a recent test, we remain optimistic about the potential of solar-powered planes to help deliver connectivity, Part of building a new technology is overcoming hurdles along the way.”
Courtney Hohne, a Google spokeswoman
The company is in a race with Facebook Inc., which also attempted to buy Titan, a company headed by former Microsoft Corp. executive Vern Raburn. Facebook instead acquired U.K.- based Ascenta, which is designing its own high-altitude drones, for $20 million.
Here is little bit more information about theTitan Aerospace Solara 50 –The upper surface of the wing on Google’s Solara 50 is covered in solar cells to generate power, according to company data. It’s designed with batteries that store electricity so it can continue flying at night and stay aloft for five years.The drone Google intends to use in providing Internet service will be larger and capable of carrying heavier payloads than the model that crashed.Titan has also flown a smaller version, the Solara 10, according to a company video. The planes are built with a thin fuselage and relatively long, curving wings that allow them to fly through thin air as high as 65,000 feet (19,812 meters).