Drone news from all over: Google goes high altitude, a drone truck is coming, and Bezos still wants drone groceries
- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lotsa action in the world of drones. Or maybe I am just noticing them more because I am working with Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall, who know so much about all this stuff that they could ride drones to work if they wanted to.
First, Google yesterday elbowed aside Facebook and bought Titan Aerospace, a company that specializes in developing solar-powered, high-altitude, extremely long loiter (that is, years) drones. I wrote in December that I thought Google would become the nation’s largest military supplier one day, but I think that may happen sooner than I think. The difference is that it and other companies won’t develop military products and then convert them. Rather, the military is going to have to adapt (and try to keep up with) civilian developments.
Speaking of never landing, here is a drone that gets its power from power lines.
Meanwhile, in Syria, both sides are using drones against each other.
And don’t forget poor old Jeff Bezos. He still plans to deliver your groceries by drone. Or your newspaper?